The sickle foot is the most common foot deformity in infants and young children and often affects both feet. Read all about it here!


Of the talipes is the most common foot deformity in babies and toddlers and often affects both feet. Here, the inside of the front and middle leg section (starting from the big toe) is bent inwards like a sickle. The cause usually lies in the wrong predicament of the child in the uterus. Through intensive physiotherapy, the foot deformity can be treated well. Read more about the sickle-foot here.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in doctor's letters or on incapacity certificates. M21Q66

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  • Cicatricus - a congenital deformity

  • Sickle-foot - this is how you recognize it

  • Cichlids - that is how he is treated

  • Sichelfuss - Healing chances

Cicatricus - a congenital deformity

Some newborns suffer from a sickle foot. Baby and toddler feet are still very elastic, which is why they can assume a malposition in case of prolonged misalignment in the uterus. Experts also suggest that constant lying in prone position may cause a sickle foot in newborns.

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Sickle-foot - this is how you recognize it

The sickle foot can be easily seen with the naked eye, so that about an X-ray examination is unnecessary. Such studies should generally be avoided in infants as much as possible, because X-rays at this age represent a particularly high burden. Most often, foot deformity is diagnosed by the pediatrician during the fourth to fifth week of life at the early detection examination (U3).

Cichlids - that is how he is treated

Slightly pronounced sickle-foot positions can be caused by slight stretching the foot inside are compensated. The parents should stretch the feet of their newborn several times a day as instructed by the pediatrician.

If this is not enough to fix the sickle-foot, the child will get involved plaster cast created to force the foot in the right position. The upholstered plaster is regularly recreated and thus shifts the foot slowly in the right direction. It is important that this happens slowly and gradually. Otherwise it can cause pain and unpleasant signs of stress. Initially, the plaster must be changed at least twice a week.

In rarer cases is one surgical intervention necessary to correct the malposition. The joints of the inside of the foot are opened and certain extensor muscles of the feet extended. Bony structures are only surgically corrected if only the thick toe is affected by the malposition. After the operation, a cast is applied for several weeks to relieve the foot. Afterwards, intensive physiotherapy should be carried out to finally heal the sickle foot. Orthopedic shoe inserts then help those affected to maintain their therapeutic success.

Sichelfuss - Healing chances

If the sickle foot is treated early, good results can be expected. However, one third of those affected continue to suffer from an impairment. Until a complete normalization of the talipes be examined at regular medical examinations, so that compensatory measures can be taken if necessary.

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