1st Edition

Clubfoot A Comprehensive Approach (Past, Present, and Future)

By R. L. Mittal Copyright 2019
    198 Pages
    by CRC Press

    198 Pages 44 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    198 Pages 44 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Clubfoot is a common deformity but remains unsolved. Detailed epidemiology has been described to assess the socio-economic impact. All corrective methods are enumerated, highlighting their efficacy and pitfalls. The importance of each clubfoot case being different and the means of dealing it is emphasized upon. This is a comprehensive book on Clubfoot with the types and their mode of treatment extensively discussed. Also, Clubfoot differences during birth, additional birth defects, weight bearing effect with age, previous scars, trauma and other complications are covered.

    Key Features

    • A comprehensive book on Clubfoot

    • Explained the different kinds of clubfoot

    • Evidence based description of each clubfoot being different

    • Updated with the latest treatment techniques

    • Comparative analysis of various treatment options

    1.  Introduction. 2.  Epidemiology - Nomenclature, classifications, definitions. 3. Review of Literature. 4. Pathoantomoy of Clubfoot. 5. Triple Surgical Techniques. 6. Future in Clubfoot. 7. Index.


    Recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award for 2021, Prof. R.L. Mittal was formerly Professor & Head orthopaedic department, Principal Government Medical college Patiala, Dean Punjabi University Patiala (Punjab) INDIA as well as DIRECTOR Research & Medical Education Government of Punjab, Chandigarh INDIA. Author has also been an Alumnus of this institution. Retired on 30th April 1995 from Government Job, still actively involved in teaching & academic activities in various capacities, the latest being as EMERITUS PROFESSOR in Orthopaedic Department of Government Medical College Patiala, his old department. He is presently a practicing orthopaedic surgeon at 97 New Lal Bagh Colony, Patiala (Punjab) 147001, INDIA, but very considerate to poor patients. The author has been Chancellor’s Nominee in the Punjabi University Patiala committee for selection of teachers and also a teacher for M.sc & B.sc Physiotherapy courses in this university. He has also been a teacher for sports medicine courses at Government of India National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

    He has been a devout researcher in diverse areas with a large number of well documented works. His special field of lifetime interest has been CLUBFOOT. He innovated newer concepts in pathoanatomy & surgical techniques in extreme clubfoot deformities, which are prevalent from early childhood to adults especially in LMICs including India, winning numerous National & International Awards & Rewards. This has been a ZERO cost Research initiated at Government Medical College/ Rajindra Hospital Patiala since about half a century and still continuing.

    Due to his expertise, H was authorised by Punjab Government Under GOI’s National Health Mission (Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram), at Govt. Mata Kaushlaya Hospital Patiala for free clubfoot surgeries for the underprivileged patients of Punjab He performed a record 38 surgeries in about a year in 2016-17. He also contributed 12 poor free surgeries, single handed, on 4th August 2016, the National Bone and Joint Day, to the kitty of Indian Orthopaedic association for creating a world record of maximum free surgeries by any country with the WORLD RECORDS ACADEMY, U.S.A.

    "This is a must read for orthopedic surgeons who are treating cases of club foot on a regular basis. It is written so eloquently that one never tires of reading it.{...}This is a work of love and passion by a person of eminent knowledge and conviction in the field of pediatric orthopedics. I recommend this book for all orthopedic surgeons who care for children with clubfoot."

    Prof. (Dr.) Raj Bahadur, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.


    "This monograph will certainly help in treating the neglected clubfoot (no treatment, inadequate improper treatment), a common scenario for developing countries and will be an useful addition to personal and institutional library."

    Dr. Anil K. Jain, Director Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Delhi


    This book emphasizes the role of skin and soft  tissues contractures in clubfoot and proper dealing with these contractures can produce good correction of clubfoot with  better function, without arthrodesis of any joints.The author has persistently worked hard to divide chapters scientifically and has tried to be judicious with each chapter. The epidemiology, the historical aspects, review of literature, patho-anatomy including axes and planes and surgical management of clubfeet, have been dealt, at various places. The author has envisioned the correction of difficult varieties of clubfoot through his approach.

    Professor Emeritus SURESHWAR PANDEY 
    Founder and Founder Director GNH handicapped Children hospital.
    Founder cum Emeritus President and ex-Secretary General Indian Foot/ Ankle Society, affiliated to International Foundation of foot/ Ankle Society
    Ex-chairman Asia CIP (IFFAS)’
    Hon President Asia pacific society for Foot/ Ankle Surgery.
    Best book Award for his Book “The Clubfoot Revisited”


    This book is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of an orthopaedic surgeon and is definitely a must for libraries. This book focuses on the techniques devised by the author to deal with severe and rigid club feet deformities, starting at birth itself and getting complicated with inadequate contemporary treatment protocols with increasing age. The author’s techniques remain a valuable addition to our armamentarium in the fight against clubfeet for the extreme deformities which we still encounter in LMIC’s, in fairly large numbers at present.

    Ashok N. Johari
    Editor-in-chief: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (B)
    President Elect: SICOT                                   
    Director:  Childrens’ Orthopaedic Centre, Mumbai

    Farokh Wadia
    Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Manchester Children’s’ Hospital, England