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The cause of Talipes

Resource type: Frequently Asked Questions  —  Date posted: January 14th, 2012   Number of views: 1767

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.

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