If Depakote had been around during the time of the Roman emperor Claudius, it may have been pointed out as a possible cause of the skeletal malformation. Clubfoot refers to a congenital malformation of the foot. It is also called tapiles equinovarus because it also occurs in horse (equines). Thew malformation ranges from mild to severe; the foot may only be smaller than usual, for example. However, there are cases when the bottom of the foot is pointing up. In most cases, both feet are affected.
Clubfoot is immediately apparent after birth, but does not cause any discomfort to the baby. However, immediate treatment is recommended because it can cause obvious problems once the infant is ready to walk. In most cases, surgical treatment can correct the problem, and those that have it corrected are able to lead normal lives.
As with most congenital disorders, the usual suspects are genetics, lifestyle, and teratogenic drugs. When the first two are not applicable, or not significant enough to be a major factor, drugs such as Depakote are likely to be the culprit. While there are not specific studies linking Depakote with clubfoot formation in the child, it would be reasonable conclusion considering that it is strongly indicated in other congenital malformations involving the spine, the brain, the heart, and the face.
Fortunately, the prognosis for infants born with clubfoot is excellent provided they get early treatment. However, as pointed out on the website of Williams Kherkher, such interventions can have a significant financial impact. Aside from the corrective surgery, there are other expenses that may occur in the recovery and physical rehabilitation of the child.
If you believe that Depakote may be at the root of your clubfoot problems, you may be able to demand compensation. Consult with a Depakote lawyer in your area to find out what can be done to right the wrong you have suffered.