All you should know about clubfoot as Love Island’s Hugo is series’ first disabled contestant

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It's been a long wait, but Love Island is finally back. Almost 16 months after Paige Turley and Finn Tapp were crowned winners of the show's first winter season, the villa is getting ready to host a brand new bunch of singletons.

The new cast will see a a Nando's waitress, former glamour model and the show’s first ever disabled contestant take to our screens.

Hugo Hammond is a 24 year old PE teacher from Hampshire, and he’s making history on the show, becoming the first islander born with a physical disability.

Hugo was born with clubfoot, but just what is it? Here’s everything you need to know…

What is clubfoot?

Hugo has undergone multiple surgeries throughout his childhood to attempt to correct his clubfoot.

Explaining his disability Hugo said: “I had lots of operations when I was a kid. You can only really tell when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a really short Achilles heel. I walk slightly on my tiptoes."

According to the NHS: “Club foot happens because the Achilles tendon (the large tendon at the back of the ankle) is too short.

“Club foot can affect 1 or both feet. It's not painful for babies, but it can become painful and make it difficult to walk if it's not treated.”

Treatment for club foot usually starts within one to two weeks of a baby being born.

“The main treatment, called the Ponseti method, involves gently manipulating and stretching your baby's foot into a better position. It's then put into a cast,” the NHS website continues.

Then, after the last cast comes off, most babies need a minor operation to loosen the Achilles tendon at the back of their ankle.

Your baby will wear special boots attached to each other with a bar, to prevent club foot from returning.

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Nearly all children with club foot are treated successfully and can take part in regular daily activities.

People who have one clubfoot may have one leg slightly shorter than the other and a smaller foot.

Despite having clubfoot, Hugo hasn’t let the disability get in is way and as well as being a PE teacher he is also a former cricketer for England's PD (Physical Disability) team.

Laura Whitmore will be returning as host for the second time on Love Island – alongside her narrator husband Iain Stirling – when the hit show returns to ITV2 on 28 June.

ITV has finally started to reveal who will be stepping into the villa and, in turn, becoming the most talked about people this summer.

Take a look at the confirmed line-up here

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