Understanding congenital vertical talus

Anna HK Riemen, Apruv Galbrani, Michael Lumsden, Donald Campbell, Felicity J. Pease, Simon L. Barker

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Congenital vertical talus (CVT) is a rare foot deformity that presents with a rigid flat foot at birth. CVT can present as an isolated abnormality in the newborn, however in at least 50% of cases in association with other conditions. Full neuro-axial imaging is essential to detect any associated neurologic problems. Radiographs of the foot, including forced plantar and dorsiflexion laterals, are diagnostic. Gold standard modern treatment uses the Dobbs method of serial manipulation and casting with minimally-invasive stabilization of the talonavicular joint and Achilles tendon tenotomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-310
Number of pages7
JournalOrthopaedics and Trauma
Issue number6
Early online date17 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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  • congenital vertical talus
  • Dobbs method
  • reverse Ponseti


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