This is a birth defect that causes a newborn baby’s feet to point down and inward – usually the tendons on the side and back of the foot are too short. It does not cause any pain but the deformity can cause long-term problems affecting the child’s ability to walk if not treated or corrected immediately.
In PBM Clubfoot Clinic, the Orthopedic Surgeons manipulate the foot and cast on a weekly basis to try to correct the deformity. This manipulation technique is called “Ponseti Method” – the position and timing of the casts is deliberate and intended to stretch and rotate the foot into a proper position. Each week, the casts are replaced in a process called serial casting – the casts slowly correct the position of the clubfoot. PBM gives this casting procedure complete free of charge to qualified patients. In about one-half of cases, the manipulation technique is sufficient to correct the clubfoot deformity but in some cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary.