Calcaneovalgus foot is a condition in infants where the foot is pushed up against the front of the leg. It’s caused by a baby being crowded or growing in an unusual position in the uterus and can go along with other problems, including hip dysplasia and muscular torticollis in the neck. Due to the association with hip dysplasia, infants with calcaneovalgus feet should have their hips examined by a trained healthcare provider.
Calcaneovalgus feet that are flexible will almost always improve spontaneously with time. Gentle stretching, such as during diaper changes, may help improve the condition. Most babies’ feet will look normal within one to two months. In rare, more severe cases, a series of casts may be required.
Calcaneovalgus feet that are rigid may mean a more serious foot problem and should be evaluated early by a pediatric orthopaedic specialist.
If your child was recently diagnosed with a calcaneovalgus foot deformity, schedule an appointment so we can make sure your child’s feet are flexible, and that the neck and hips appear normal as well.