An Overview Of The PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
If you live with severe chronic muscle and joint pain, you most likely were born with a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. And because it’s inherited, chances are that at least one of your children has it as well.
For the sake of your and your family’s future health, it’s wise to learn about as much as you can about this abnormal foot structure. Below is an overview, taken from other blogs on this site.
How The PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity Evolved
Millions of years ago, all of our ancestors had a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. They evolved from being tree dwellers that occasionally walked on the ground on all four legs, to two-legged walkers living predominately on the ground, as doing so made them more efficient hunters. The PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity – at that time a normal foot structure – represented the change in the foot structure which allowed our ancestors to walk on two feet.
Over the next few million years, as our ancestors became more and more solely two-legged walkers (living more on the savanna and less in the trees) the foot continued its’ evolution making it easier and easier to walk on two feet. Hence, over time, the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity started evolving into the Rothbarts Foot (Primus Metatarsus Supinatus) and then the plantar grade foot.
To be more specific; the human foot is in the process of evolving from what was predominantly a PreClinical Clubfoot structure (in which the heel bone and talus have a structural inward twist) towards a plantar grade foot (in which there is no longer an abnormal structural twist). The Rothbarts Foot (in which just the talus has a structural inward twist) represents an intermediate stage in this evolutionary process.
This has been a slow evolutionary process over millions of years and will probably take another several million years for everyone’s foot structure to become a plantar grade foot.
Presently, about 70 % percent of the world population is born with a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, which is now considered to be a severely disabling abnormal foot structure – far more disabling than the Rothbarts Foot.
What makes the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity so severe is the abnormal structural torsion in the heel bone and talus. The result of this torsion becomes apparent when we stand or walk, as gravity forces the heel bone to rotate (twist) until its’ entire bottom surface rests on the ground. It is the severity of the twist in the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity that – over time – creates debilitating chronic pain throughout your body.
What transpires is that this severe twist causes the inner arch of your foot to collapse inward and downward. When this happens, your knees, hips, pelvis and shoulders also collapse. Your body, in an attempt to maintain stability, will overuse the muscles (across your postural joints) to stabilize these joints from the inward, downward collapse originating in your feet. In time these muscles become progressively tighter and inflamed.
At the same time, the weight bearing joints above your feet do not function around their anatomical neutral position (the position they’re meant to function around) because they’ve collapsed. These altered joint positions result in excessive compression and friction in the cartilage (which lines your joint surfaces) and eventually results in inflammation.
The end result is pain, which becomes more severe and consistent and can eventually become incapacitating.
What The PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity Looks Like
To the untrained eye, the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity looks like a normal foot. So even though it’s quite common, it’s often undetected by your doctor or your child’s pediatrician. If your child is exhibiting these symptoms, they may have this foot structure:
Symptoms As A Baby:
º Difficulty in initially learning to walk
º Walking clumsily
º Flat feet (no arch) when walking, but not flat when the weight is off them (such as while sitting)
Symptoms As A Child:
º Complaints of soreness and pain in legs
º Stiff, tight muscles
º When walking, the feet turn excessively inward (or outward)
º Lumbering along with a slight hitch or limp
º Shoe heels start wearing unevenly
º Frequent ankle sprains (if child is active)
º Poor posture
Symptoms As A Teen:
º Stress fractures in the tibia (if child is active)
º Knee pain
º Hip pain
º Standing with knees straight, has difficulty touching toes
º Heel pain
º Aching and stiffness in the low back
º Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
If you or a member of your family have symptoms caused by a Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity, the only way to permanently get rid of your chronic pain is to effectively treat the underlying structural instability in your feet. This is done through Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
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For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain.
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