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For Parents

 

Clubfoot information

What is clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a deformity present at birth that twists the foot downward and inward, making walking difficult or impossible. While it cannot be prevented, it can be corrected using a relatively inexpensive treatment process called the Ponseti method.

Can it be treated?

Yes, clubfoot can be treated! We adhere to treatment through the Ponseti method, the gold standard of clubfoot treatment. The treatment phase involves weekly casting for four to eight weeks and, in most cases, a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon, called a tenotomy. After this, in the maintenance phase, children wear a foot abduction brace for 23 hours a day for three months, and then at night and nap time until the age of five. Children born with clubfoot can take their first steps on completely straight feet thanks to early intervention and to this relatively simple, cost-effective treatment method.

Where can I get help?

We currently operate partner clubfoot clinics in 16 countries in Africa and Latin America. Click the “find a clinic” button below to see if there is a Hope Walks partner clubfoot clinic near you. If not, please contact us and we’ll do our best to refer you to someone who can help.

Parent Education Tool

A guide for parents of children with clubfoot. Download in your language.

Video Resources

Hope Walks has been working in partnership with Medical Aid Films to create four films about clubfoot and the Ponseti method of treatment. These films are used to train parent advisors, as well as an educational tool for parents. Videos (with and without English/French subtitles) are available for streaming or download by clicking the images below. Currently the videos are in English, French and Portuguese. Within the next few weeks, Spanish, Amharic and Kinyarwanda translations will be available.

Stories from Our Families

Looking at the heart

Looking at the heart

Boaz in Burundi Faced with the double calamity of having a very ill wife and a son born with clubfoot, Christopher wasn’t sure where to turn. His neighbors mocked him because of his Boaz's deformity. They also believed the illness of his wife Fabiola was further...

A humble man of God

A humble man of God

Pastor Joshua in Mozambique When asked to be a parent advisor five years ago, the decision was an easy one for Pastor Joshua. “I thought I could contribute to alleviating the plight of parents who see their children born with defects in their feet, talking to them and...

Finding the right path

Finding the right path

Sahily in the Dominican Republic Even though Beris and her husband Yaisy had access to ultrasounds during her pregnancy, they say the doctors never noticed, or at least never mentioned, that their unborn daughter Sahily had clubfoot. But there was no doubt something...