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Talipes is a deformity of the foot in which one or both feet are twisted out of shape or into the wrong position.

One in 1,000 babies is born with talipes.

It's twice as common in boys than in girls

In 50 per cent of cases, both feet are affected.

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Training / Help

SEaTSS can support students with this condition.

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Screenshot for video: Club foot congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV) Video

Club foot congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV) Video

A very short clip showing a baby with Club foot congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV) before surgery.

Screenshot for video: Talipes plaster cast.

Talipes plaster cast.

A baby getting his plaster cast for Talipes.

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STEPS Charity

A video describing the work of the UK charity STEPS, who support children who have lower limb difficulties.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What causes talipes?
    • Positional talipes is caused by abnormal pressures compressing the foot while it's developing, as a result of its position in the womb.
    • Structural talipes is a more complex condition and probably caused by a combination of factors, such as a genetic predisposition.
    • It may also result from a condition called oligohydramnios, where there's a shortage of amniotic fluid around the baby in the womb.
    • A genetic predisposition means it tends to run in families.
    • There may be associated abnormalities elsewhere in the body, especially with the bones.
    • In 50 per cent of cases, both feet are affected.
  • What is Talipes Equinovarus (club foot)?

    Talipes Equinovarus (club foot).

    In talipes equinovarus, the heel is turned inwards and the whole foot is rolled inwards with the toes pointing upwards. If the cause is positional and the foot is of normal size, the deformity is usually mild and the foot can easily be manipulated into the normal position. In structural talipes equinovarus, the affected foot is shorter and the calf muscles are thinner than normal. The position of the foot is fixed and can't be easily corrected.

  • What is Talipes Calcaneovalgus?

    Talipes Calcaneovalgus.

    In talipes calcaneovalgus, the foot is turned outwards with the toes pointing upwards.

  • Are there any famous people who have had Talipes?
    • Poet Lord Byron
    • Actor Dudley Moore
  • What are the educational implications for students who have Talipes?
    • School absences due to appointments/ treatment can be common, ensure you have an effective means of enabling the student to catch up and communicating with their peers.
    • Environmental changes when pupil is in plaster/ wheelchair
    • Clutter free classroom to prevent tripping and easy access in and out of the class.
    • Positioning first or last when entering /leaving a room
    • Request support from physio/ OT when required
    • Toilet access if leg in plaster/extenders
    • Supervision and alternative actvities for breaktime/ lunchtime /PE lessons if required or during a period of treatmen
    • Physical access in and out of school, around school to key areas eg ICT room, lunch hall
  • Can Talipes be treated?
    • Positional talipes may not require treatment, although exercises to help the foot regain its natural position may be recommended, a physiotherapist will advise.
    • Structural talipes needs prompt treatment, while the baby's tissues are still soft, with manipulation of the foot towards the correct position and methods such as strapping or casting to hold it in place. This may need to be carried out for several months, and may involve putting the feet in splints at night.The Ponseti method, which uses manipulation and casting, followed by boots with a splint to hold the foot in the most effective position.In about 50 per cent of cases, this isn't effective and an operation to straighten the foot may be recommended after the age of six months.

Family Resources

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Links to local groups that provide horse riding opportunities for your child, from simply stroking a horse to having proper riding lessons.