Tag Archives: clubfoot

Two tales of talipes equinovarus

Christopher Walker Bielsko-Biala, Poland   Operations for club-foot. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0 Congenital talipes equinovarus, better known as clubfoot, is a poorly understood but surprisingly common medical condition. According to Ansar et al, it affects about one in one thousand newborns, though this figure varies by country.1 There is a roughly fifty-fifty split […]

Madame Bovary: The clubfoot operation

Charles Bovary is a country medical practitioner, mediocre, a simple man, not the brightest, but not unambitious. He reads that a simple tendon cutting operation could cure the village stable boy’s club foot, perhaps also bringing recognition to himself and celebrity to the village. At night he studies, trying to work things out. Is it […]