During surgery, your surgeon lengthens the Achilles tendon near the heel and releases tissues elsewhere in the foot. They may also need to do a tendon transfer. These incisions loosen the tight ligaments and tendons so that your surgeon can then manipulate your foot into a normal position. A tendon transfer allows the foot to move in a more normal manner.
Older children and adults are often less flexible than babies and may require more extensive repair. It may require several surgeries. Your surgeon might need to cut into the bone to turn the foot. Cutting into the bone is called an osteotomy. In these cases, metal plates or screws may be used to hold the foot in the correct position. Once your foot and ankle are securely placed, your surgeon puts your leg in a cast.
Clubfoot repair is performed under a general anesthetic. You’re asleep and don’t feel pain during the procedure. Medication will help you manage the pain after surgery.