My son has a clubbed foot. He is 18 months old and we were actually able to catch the problem via untrasound before he was even born. At first we thought it was just a positional "thing"...they way he was in utero but have realized that it is a true clubbed foot - which is a neuro muscular disorder. Which means that if it is a TRUE clubbed foot it would be wise to start treatment soon. Noah (my son) was placed in a cast within hours of being born. He was in a cast for about 6 months, then a splint. He had a heel cord release at about 8 months old. (not only did the foot turn in, it also rolled on it's side instead of the flat of his foot) which is the only reason he had the surgery. He now wears special shoes and a dennis brown bar at 45 degree angles outward at night. And let me tell you - it sure doesn
't slow him down!!!!!
I agree with what prmenrs says....the younger they are the easier it is to manipulate the foot. Plus, there is less resisitance by the child. They adjust much easier that trying to treat an older child. The cast never bothered Noah because he never really new anything different.
Personally - I would want to touch base with an ortho - possibly even a pediatric ortho just to make sure. Especially if your ped is laid back. I'd hate for you to really have to fight the condition later if you could start treatment now...at least just to put your mind at ease!
I don't know where you are located but I know some GREAT ortho's!!!
I'd be happy to give you some names or even just share more of my experiences with you - feel free to pm or email me:
It's rather interesting - i'm thining of going into ortho after i graduate nursing school!
Best of luck to you either way!!!!