A common malformation of the foot that is evident at birth. The foot is turned in sharply so that the person seems to be walking on their ankle. The medical term for the common ("classic") type of clubfoot is talipes equinovarus. Clubfoot can sometimes, but not always, be corrected with a combination of surgery, bracing, and physical therapy. When it cannot be fully corrected, special shoes and braces are available to help the person achieve a more comfortable gait and avoid stressing and deforming other muscles and bones. The Latin word talipes was compounded from talus (ankle) + pes (foot) since, with a clubfoot, the foot is turned in sharply and the person seems to be walking on their ankle. Equino- indicates the heel is elevated (like a horse’s) and -varus indicates it is turned inward.
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club·foot 'kləb-'fu̇t n, pl club·feet -'fēt
1) any of numerous congenital deformities of the foot in which it is twisted out of position or shape called also talipes compare TALIPES EQUINOVARUS, TALIPES EQUINUS, TALIPES VALGUS, TALIPES VARUS
2) a foot affected with clubfoot
club·foot·ed -'fu̇t-əd adj

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club·foot (klubґfoot) talipes.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Clubfoot — Club foot, n. [Club + foot.] (Med.) A short, variously distorted foot; also, the deformity, usually congenital, which such a foot exhibits; talipes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clubfoot — also club foot, 1530s, from CLUB (Cf. club) (n.) + FOOT (Cf. foot) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • clubfoot — [klub′foot΄] n. 1. a congenital deformity of the foot, characterized by a misshapen or twisted appearance; talipes 2. pl. clubfeet [klub′fēt΄] a foot so deformed clubfooted adj …   English World dictionary

  • clubfoot — Talipes Tal i*pes, n. [NL., fr. L. talus an ankle + pes, pedis, a foot; cf. L. talipedare to be weak in the feet, properly, to walk on the ankles.] (Surg.) The deformity called {clubfoot}. See {Clubfoot}. [1913 Webster] Note: Several varieties… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clubfoot — noun Date: 1538 a congenitally misshapen foot twisted out of position; also this deformity • clubfooted adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • clubfoot — clubfooted, adj. /klub foot /, n., pl. clubfeet for 1. 1. a congenitally deformed or distorted foot. 2. the condition of having such a foot; talipes. 3. Also called club. Naut. a short boom for fastening to the foot of a jib. [1530 40; CLUB +… …   Universalium

  • clubfoot — noun A congenital deformity of the foot in which the ankle, heel and toes are twisted Syn: talipes …   Wiktionary

  • clubfoot — Synonyms and related words: arch, bowlegs, camelback, cleft palate, crookback, defacement, deformation, deformity, digit, disfigurement, dog, extremity, fetlock, flatfoot, foot, forefoot, forepaw, freakishness, harefoot, harelip, heel, hoof,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • clubfoot — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. splayfoot, Dutch foot, taliped, talipes. See distortion …   English dictionary for students

  • clubfoot — club|foot [ klʌb,fut ] (plural club|feet) noun count a foot that has been twisted to one side since birth a. uncount a medical condition in which someone s foot is twisted to one side ╾ club|foot|ed adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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