A rocker bottom foot (also known as a congenital vertical talus) is a congenital anomaly of the foot. It is characterised by a prominent calcaneus/heel and a convex rounded sole.
It results from a dorsal and lateral dislocation of the talonavicular joint.
- aneuploidic syndromic
- non-aneuploidic non-syndromic
For assessment of the foot alignment abnormalities, it is important to perform weight bearing images or an equivalent in neonates:
- fixed equinus: plantarflexion of the calcaneus
- vertical talus: plantarflexion of the talus (increased talocalcaneal angle)
- irreducible dorsal subluxation or dislocation of the navicular
- forefoot valgus: divergence of bases of the metatarsal heads on AP and superimposition of the metatarsal bones on the lateral view
- long axis of the talus passes plantar to metatarsal axis on lateral view and medial to the first metatarsal on AP view
The presence of a rocker bottom foot in an antenatal ultrasound scan is sometimes classified as a soft sign for aneuploidic anomalies 3.
In the antenatal/neonatal period consider clubfoot.
In the adult period consider acquired rocker bottom deformity occurring secondary to:
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