What is Talus Valgus?
Talus Valgus is a deformity located at the foot level, and is often found in newborns. This is manifested by the deviation of the position of the foot towards the dorsum, while the support is made on the inner edge and is caused by the position of the fetus in the uterus, with crossed legs.
This misalignment of the foot can occur even in adults, due to improperly made footwear, wrong walking habits (predominantly stepping inwards or outwards) and even due to the person’s weight that influences walking.
Types of malpositions:
– The talus foot – the support is made on the heel, and the foot is directed outwards
– Valgus foot – support takes place on the inside area of the foot
– Talus valgus
– Metatarsus varus – the front half of the foot is facing inwards
– Equine varus – the foot turned completely inwards at a right angle with the leg.
How is a Talus Valgus foot treated?
In babies, this condition can go away on its own, but most of the times, physiotherapy massage is recommended. The massage is performed every evening for 10-15 minutes and helps to stretch the muscles and tendons to restore the normal position of the foot. This therapy can last several months or several years, depending on the results obtained.
When the child learns how to walk, it is recommended wearing orthopedic boots that will correct his gait. These are sometimes recommended for babies at night as well, so that the deviation disappears as soon as possible.
In most cases, the child heals by school age, and cases where the child needs an orthosis or even surgery are extremely rare. Throughout the healing period, it is recommended that the parent maintain constant contact with the orthopedist in order to keep track of the recovery process.
In some cases, babies born with Talus Valgus have hip dysplasia that requires wearing a special orthosis. For this reason, it is recommended to perform an ultrasound 2-3 months after birth.
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