Relapses


When the foot returns to being a clubfoot after being corrected.

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  Relapses are a common occurrence among children with clubfoot up to the age of six years. 

The following is the rate of relapse for discontinuing brace-wearing at the age designated: 

       1st year 90 percent,

       second year 70-80 percent,

       third year 30-40 percent,

       4th year is 10-15 percent,

       subsequent years are about 6 percent.

 

Bracing is an essential part of the treatment of clubfoot and prevents relapses very effectively.  Severity of the deformity at birth is not a reliable indicator of the odds of relapse, therefore almost all clubfoot patients are held to the same bracing protocol in order to provide them with the best protection against regression.