The cause of Talipes
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.