In general, after the diagnosis has been made, the sooner the procedure is done, the better. The reason for this is because the foot bones at the age of 7 are much softer. Early correction means the foot is better aligned during critical growth years. The foot bones then grow into a correct position. At the age of 16, the bones are almost the same as an adults and they have very little ability to adapt. These are the cases that often require more extensive procedures.