Talipes equinovarus (TEV), also known as clubfoot, is a congenital condition that manifests as an abnormally aligned and rotated foot. It is often thought to be a product of intrauterine crowding of the fetus, but there is also evidence that suggests a genetic component. This condition requires prompt treatment in order to successfully manage the deformity.
The Ponseti method is a conservative treatment option that has been found to reverse the clubfoot position. Serial cast applications and manipulations of the foot are carried out that over time can produce a plantigrade foot position that allows for normal weight bearing.
Surgical care options to restore the foot to a more normal position are typically required for patients that have not had early conservative care at birth.