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Osteopathic manipulative treatment of congenital talipes equinovarus: a case report


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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Jan;18(1):4-10.


Elda Andreoli, Andrea Troiani, Valentina Tucci, Gina Barlafante, Francesco Cerritelli, Gianfranco Pizzolorusso, Cinzia Renzetti, Daniele Vanni, Andrea Pantalone, Vincenzo Salini


Background: Treatment recommendations for congenital talipes equinovarus are focused on conservative treatments.

Objectives: The aim of this paper is to present a case report of bilateral congenital talipes equinovarus treated with two short-leg serial casting in combination with osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Methods: A newborn, 12 days old, with severe bilateral congenital talipes equinovarus entered to the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Chieti, Italy. The pediatric orthopedic surgeon applied two single series of short-leg casts, at 12 and 20 days of age. The osteopath scheduled 4 indirect myofascial release techniques sessions.

Results: At day 33 the newborn achieved a complete correction of the congenital talipes equinovarus deformity and there was no need to apply a third series of casts.

Conclusions: Results from this single case study create an interesting and clear precedent for considering OMT in future clinical trials.

Keywords: Clubfoot; Complementary and alternative treatment; Congenital talipes equinovarus; Conservative treatment; Foot; Manipulation; Newborn; Osteopathic manipulative treatment.

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2014 Jan



Andreoli, E., Troiani, A., Tucci, V., Barlafante, G., Cerritelli, F., Pizzolorusso, G., Renzetti, C., Vanni, D., Pantalone, A., Salini, V. (2014) 'Osteopathic manipulative treatment of congenital talipes equinovarus: a case report ', J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Jan;18(1):4-10.

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