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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

More than coincidence

More than coincidence

Dylan in Benin Edith was distraught on the bus ride home with her son Dylan, born with clubfoot. She had just received word from the hospital to come back in a year for treatment. A year? What would that mean for her son? Surgery was the only option she could...

Sharing the Good News

Sharing the Good News

Violette in Rwanda Olivia loves the Lord and loves to share her faith with others. During the global pandemic, many churches were closed in Rwanda leaving few opportunities for this Rwandan mom to share the gospel. When her daughter Violette was born with clubfoot,...

Unbelievable bravery

Unbelievable bravery

Clarens in Haiti   When you consider all of the turmoil going on in Haiti right now, it is amazing to consider the bravery of these families to get to a clubfoot clinic. But Markendy and Guerline would stop at nothing to get this treatment for their son Clarens....