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Clubfoot. One-year-old girl's foot after an operation to correct clubfoot (talipes equinovarus). Clubfoot is a birth defect in which one or both feet are twisted out of position. It can range from mild and flexible to severe and rigid. The cause is not known but it may be a result of pressure on the feet of the foetus in the uterus or it may be inherited. Clubfoot can usually be treated by splinting or strapping the affected feet at an early age. However, severe cases often need surgery during which the ligaments and tendons in the feet are cut.
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