Club foot in the Polynesian: an epidemiological survey

N Z Med J. 1983 Jul 13;96(735):515-7.


The incidence of idiopathic club foot deformity in Polynesian peoples, including the New Zealand Maori, is higher than in other races. A study of 118 Polynesian children treated in Auckland for the condition, found no significant correlation among sex, maternal age and the presence or absence of a family history of club foot, and questions the validity of dividing index cases into two groups on the basis of family history. Previous observations of a significant predominance of right-sided deformity in unilateral Polynesian cases, were not confirmed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Clubfoot / epidemiology*
  • Clubfoot / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maternal Age
  • New Zealand
  • Polynesia / ethnology
  • Racial Groups
  • Sex Factors