Testing & Diagnosis for Cleft Foot in Children

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At Boston Children's Hospital, we understand that the first step to treating your child is obtaining an accurate, timely and thorough diagnosis.

Cleft foot develops during fetal development—when the bones of the foot are forming. The condition can sometimes be detected on a routine prenatal ultrasound. After the baby is born, the deformity is visible.

Details of the diagnosis are usually confirmed through a physical exam and x-rays. Your child’s doctor will closely evaluate every anatomic structure of your child’s foot, determining what is present or absent, normal or abnormal. The doctor will carefully assess the specifics of the soft tissue of your child’s foot, including ligaments, blood vessels, nerves and muscles.

If your child is diagnosed with a cleft foot, her doctor will check for other associated deformities or syndromes.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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