Incidence of congenital idiopathic clubfoot in the Netherlands

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The incidence of clubfoot patients is an important factor for centralization of care. Medical records of 21 accredited clubfoot centers were selected using the diagnosis treatment codes and checked to confirm diagnosis. All idiopathic clubfoot cases born during 2013–2014 were analyzed with respect to sex, affected foot, regional distribution, and seasonal variation. Among the 346 522 live births, 377 idiopathic clubfoot cases were registered. The incidence of the congenital idiopathic clubfoot in the Netherlands during 2013 and 2014 was 1.09 per 1000 live births, indicating that every year, ~200 children with one or two clubfeet are born in the Netherlands. On the basis of this finding, we can start to refine clubfoot care.

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