Types of Clubfoot

There are three types of clubfoot that your child can be diagnosed with:

Idiopathic Clubfoot

A true (idiopathic) clubfoot accounts for the vast majority of cases. This type is stiff or rigid, and very hard to manipulate.

Positional Clubfoot

Treatment for clubfoot at Boston Children's HospitalThe affected foot may be more flexible, with a condition known as positional clubfoot. This flexible type of club foot is caused by the baby's prenatal position in the uterus (often breech). Positional clubfoot can easily be positioned into a neutral (not curved) position by hand.

Syndrome Clubfoot

A third type is syndrome clubfoot—in which the condition is part of a larger syndrome. This type is usually more severe and difficult to treat, with less positive outcomes.