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No. it is not because of any curse or because of your sins. It is a fairly common condition and you should not feel guilty about it. Your child will have no physical disability and will lead a normal life if treated in time.
Yes! This condition is completely curable and you need not worry about it.
The plaster should not get wet otherwise the underlying skin will get damaged. Use diapers to protect the plaster or a plastic wrap around the plaster.
You can sponge the child with warm water. Take care that water does not enter through the sides of the plaster. On the day the plaster is to be changed you can remove the plaster at home and bathe the child and bring the child for the next plaster
There is a 5-10 % chance of recurrence especially in non idiopathic clubfoot. The recurrence can be treated with repeat plaster or a tendon transfer surgery.
Recurrence can be prevented by proper shoe wear and physiotherapy.Physiotherapy includes turning the foot upwards and outwards and stroking the outer border of foot.
If the treatment is started late or if the deformity is very severe then open surgery is required. Surgery is performed around 9-12 months. Older children also can be operated but the surgery is more complex in these cases.
Open surgery which leaves a scar on inner and back side of foot and is performed in younger children. Older children need correction with JESS Fixator or Ilizarov Fixator.
Around 10-15% children will have their involved foot smaller by around 1 cm. They will however have no disability later in life and will be able to do normal sports activities.
The next child has 5-10% more chance of having a clubfoot. Children of parents with clubfoot also have 3-10% increased risk.