This year, Medical Aid Films will be working with Hope Walks to create a number of films for use in the training of parent advisors and for use in clubfoot clinics. The films aim to raise awareness about clubfoot and will inform parents, health workers and parent advisors on the treatment process.
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity which usually twists the feet downward and inward. The most common musculoskeletal birth defect, it is thought to affect 1 in every 800 children worldwide.
Left untreated, clubfoot can become a painful and disabling condition, causing stigma, social exclusion and poverty.
150,000-200,000 babies with clubfoot are born each yearGlobal Clubfoot Initiative
Clubfoot is treatable.
Where traditional treatment used to be limited to expensive surgical interventions, the simple cost-effective “Ponseti method” can be is delivered as an outpatient with a 95% success rate when correctly administered.
Proper training of health professionals and institutionalisation of the Ponseti method as the standard of care in the country are critical.The Ponseti Method in Low and Middle Income Countries: Challenges and Lessons Learned, Jose A. Morcuende, Thomas M. Cook
The Ponseti Method is the global “gold standard” of treatment for clubfoot. Most effective for babies and children under 2 years old the Ponseti Method involves an initial corrective phase which includes foot manipulation, a series of casts and tenotomy, followed by a maintenance phase of wearing braces.
Particularly suited to low-resource settings, the Ponseti Method is reliable, low-cost, and is able to be delivered by non-physicians. It can prevent the need for expensive and intrusive surgeries.