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Information for patients
Congenital means present at birth.
Talipes refers to the foot and ankle.
This is the condition sometimes called clubfoot.
Calcaneovalgus is a where a baby’s foot turns upwards and outwards. 'Calcaneo' describes an upward-position of the foot, and 'valgus' describes an outward position.
Calcaneovalgus is a common condition caused by some tightness in the muscles around the ankle and the position the baby was in whilst in the womb. It is not caused by problems with the bones in their foot and will not cause any problems with walking.
Calcaneovalgus is usually found by the doctor or midwife during routine checks of your baby after delivery. The senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist can check your baby and give help and advice.
Calcaneovalgus feet will almost always improve spontaneously with time. Gentle stretching may help improvement. Most feet will look normal within one to two months.
Exercises to help improvement consist of:
Massage the foot and ankle with olive oil, baby oil or baby lotion, especially around the skin creases.
Make sure your baby's clothes are not too tight around the feet.
Your baby does not need a follow-up appointment, however if their calcaneovalgus has not improved within 2-3 months please see your GP as they may need further treatment.