What is clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a global problem that occurs in every country. It…

  • Is the most common skeletal deformity among newborn babies everywhere.
  • Affects 175,000 to 200,000 newborn children each year.
  • Has never been corrected in 100,000s of children and adults worldwide.
  • Is NOT caused by fetal positioning, mother’s behavior, or any known cause.
  • Occurs in approximately 1 in every 750 live births.
  • Is twice as common in males as in females.
  • Is present in only one foot 50% of the time.
  • Shows only a very slight effect of family history.
  • Clubfoot knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries.
  • If untreated, clubfoot often leads to neglect, poverty, abuse, and missed opportunities.

The Ponseti Method

  • was developed by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti at the University of Iowa, where Paul Harris received his law degree.
  • is recognized as the “gold standard” for correcting clubfoot worldwide, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and many others.
  • is a low-cost, low-risk, non-surgical, highly effective treatment.
  • consists of a series of gentle manipulations, followed by weekly plaster casts, but requires specialized training to be used successfully.
  • typically results in a fully corrected foot in 4-6 weeks, using 4-6 casts.
  • requires use of a foot abduction brace, mostly worn at night, until age 4.
  • can correct clubfoot and prevent disability everywhere in the world.
Clubfoot and Rotary