If your child is born with clubfoot, don’t worry. It is fixable with a little bit of patience and diligence. Usually clubfoot is treated with braces, serial casting and/or splints. It can take a few years for complete treatment, but your child could live a completely normal (or extraordinary) life without any issues. Here are a list of celebrities that were born with clubfoot.
Kristi Yamaguchi – One of the most famous figure skaters of all time (and Dancing With the Stars Champion) was born with clubfeet and started figure skating as a physical therapy to help strengthen her legs, feet and ankles.
Mia Hamm – Mia Hamm was a forward for the US women’s national soccer team and is a record holding scorer. Her partial clubfoot was treated with casts and she was able to start playing sports competitively very soon after they were taken off.
Troy Aikman – Former Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback was born with “Third Club Foot” and was in a cast until he was 8 months old. He then had to wear special shoes until he was 3, but once his treatment was over, he never had any issues with his clubfoot again.
Damon Wayans – Damon, 1 of 9 children, is a famous comedian, writer and actor who is known for various TV shows including My Wife & Kids, and Waynehead. Waynehead was a cartoon that was about his real childhood and stars a boy from a large, poor family with a clubfoot.
Claudius – Clubfoot has existed for thousands of years. Claudius, also known as Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, was a Roman Emperor from the Julio-Claudia dynasty. Although he had clubfoot, it didn’t interfere with his ruling.
Allen Dulles – Allen Dulles is one of the most well known spies who was the top spy in Europe during WWI and WWII. He overcame his clubfoot and even became a CIA Director later on in his career.
If your child is born with clubfoot, you should see a podiatrist right away and start treatment as soon as possible. The younger the child is, the easier it will be to correct the deformities. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has over eighteen years treating patients of all foot and ankle ailments. Call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.