about us
orthopedic topics message forum

orthopedic topics



Calceneovalgus is a term describing the position on the foot. The calcaneus position is one of dorsiflexion, where the foot is pointing upwards. The valgus position describes the foot pointing outwards. So calcaneovalgus simply means the foot is pointing upwards and outwards.

The most common cause of this condition is postural or flexible calcaneovalgus, present at birth. It is due to the infant being "packed" in the womb for the last few months of pregnancy, and the foot squeezed into that position. In extreme cases, the top of the foot is actually in contact with the front of the lower leg, and could appear very worrisome. However, the bones and joints are usually well developed in spite of the appearance, and with stretching exercises and time, the "deformity" corrects completely.

Under less common conditions, there is an actual structural deformity due to missing ankle or foot bones, and the deformity does not correct with stretching exercises. These cases usually require surgical correction.

Sometimes, calcaneovalgus is not present at birth, but develops as the child grows older. This is usually due to a neuromuscular disorder, e.g., cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, or myelomengocele. Treatment here involves not just treatment of the foot deformity, but of the whole child.


NOTICE: The information presented is for your information only, and not a substitute for the medical advice of a qualified physician. Neither the author nor the publisher will be responsible for any harm or injury resulting from interpretations of the materials in this article.

Questions or comments? Post your thoughts in the Orthoseek Message Forum!
Find a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in an area near you.

Home | About Us | Orthopaedic Topics | Message Forum

Copyright (c) 2003 Wheaton Resource Corp.
Comments, questions, or suggestions are welcome. Please contact us using this form.