Clubfoot affects well over 200,000 newborns annually
Clubfoot is a relatively common birth defect, occurring in about one in every 1,000 live births. Approximately half of people with clubfoot have it affect both feet, which is called bilateral club foot. In most cases it is an isolated disorder of the limbs. Clubfoot occurs in males twice as frequently as in females.
Clubfoot is the most common musculoskeletal birth deformity, affecting 200,000 newborn children each year with 80% in developing countries. There are also hundreds of thousands of children and young adults who are living with this debilitating condition worldwide.
There are two possible causes for pediatric clubfoot:
- Congenital - genetics that are passed from one generation to another.
- Idiopathic - no clear understanding as to why the child developed clubfoot.
The Ponseti Method
In the 1950’s, Dr. Ignacio Ponseti developed a technique that can correct this deformity using a series of gentle manual manipulations of the foot followed by application of toe-to-groin plaster casts. The casts are changed weekly after a clinician manipulates softened foot ligaments to gradually achieve near-normal muscle and bone alignment. Dr. Ponseti realized that surgical approaches did not fully correct clubfoot and/or created problems later in life, such as severe arthritis or even requiring more surgery.
Your child no longer needs to be subjected to reconstructive surgery to correct pediatric clubfoot. The Ponseti Method is nearly 100% effective when properly applied by a trained health care provider and is considered the "gold standard" treatment, leading to a normal, productive life.
In 2007 Dr. Pieter Lagaay did his Ponseti Method Apprenticeship under the direct supervision of Dr. Ponseti. Since then, Dr. Lagaay has successfully treated hundreds of children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
If your newborn child has been diagnosed with pediatric clubfoot, FDFAC can help. Call for an appointment today to fully understand the treatment options available so that your child has the same abilities as others without this condition.
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