A case of congenital cleft foot deformity, also known as lobster claw or split foot, is presented. The condition is rare. A review of the literature reveals that this deformity will often coexist as part of a constellation of congenital and familial abnormalities. Surgical correction of the cleft foot is difficult and often deferred.
Two cases of Apert's syndrome (acrocephalosyndactylism), demonstrating typical foot pathology, are presented. A review of the pertinent literature is included, and the new focus on early corrective foot surgery is discussed.