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

Staying together

Staying together

Exauce in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Angelique and Alexis were shocked when their child Exauce was born with clubfoot. Angelique cried and wouldn’t talk to anyone. Neighbors blamed the situation on bad luck in the family.  However, these parents did not...

Finding support

Finding support

Emmanuel in Zambia Choolwe was only in ninth grade when she became pregnant with her first child, who was not born with clubfoot. Because she was still in school and had no one to watch her first child, Choolwe had to take the child to school with her. When her second...

Tragedy to Triumph

Tragedy to Triumph

Florida, Junior and Blaise in Rwanda Florida is a woman of unbelievable strength, able to see beyond the many tragedies in her life, including all three of her children born with clubfoot, one passing away from an unrelated illness, and her husband also dying...