Is CTEV curable with plastering or is surgery required?
Q: My baby girl is suffering from CTEV. She is only 2 months old. We got both her feet plastered when she was 15 days old with plastering done after every 10 days. Now we are seeing 60% relief in her left foot and 30% in the right foot. Also on her right foot, at the ankle portion there are some bruise marks and the skin is collected. Please advise if this disease is fully curable and why are there bruises? If we get her operated, at what age is this possible? Will she have any problems like limping or pain in the ankle after surgery? Will she be able to run and play?
A:I think you are on the right track. Most often the plasters are able to cure the CTEV and surgery may not be required. Surgeons prefer doing surgery at different times depending upon the severity of the CTEV and response to plasters. If appropriately treated the child should perform well.