Gordon Syndrome

If your baby was born with clubfoot, they may also have a rare genetic disorder called Gordon's Syndrome. The condition is characterized by stiffness and impaired mobility in the ankles because the tendons in the foot are too short, causing the joints to become fixed in a permanent flexed position. Both feet are usually affected  with this disorder.

The exact cause of Gordon's Syndrome is unknown, but some reports suggest it may be inherited through an X-linked dominant manner. Most experts agree it is inherited through an autosomal dominant manner. Having just one mutated copy of the gene in each cell is enough to create the signs and symptoms of the disease. When a person with the autosomal dominant condition has children, each child has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutated copy of the gene.

Gordon's Syndrome may also present as a permanent fixation of several fingers in a bent position and cleft palate. In males scoliosis or undescended testicles may be present. The child's intelligence is not affected by the disease. The wrists, elbows, and knees can also be affected and the severity of the condition can range from individual.

Your child may have an abnormal splitting of the soft hanging tissue at the back of the throat, short stature, dislocation of the hip, abnormal backward curvature of the upper spine, drooping of the eyelids, webbing of the fingers and toes, abnormal skin patterns on the feet and hands, and a short webbed neck.

Prompt treatment after birth is crucial in treating this disorder as your child will have difficulties walking and developing. Typically podiatrists will prescribe casting, bracing, or physical therapy to realign the bones before recommending surgery.

Reference: Rare Diseases