Did you know approximately 1 in every 1000 babies born in the UK is affected by one of the most common congenital disabilities in the world, Clubfoot? Whilst common, the need to raise awareness of the condition and its effects if left untreated is still needed, and this is exactly what the Ponseti International Association (PIA) set out to do when they launched World Clubfoot Day back in June 2013.
"The Ponseti method is the gold standard treatment for those with Clubfoot (CTEV), which is why we see such success in our clinics," says Georgia Dayes, an Orthotist at Steeper. "Orthotists work closely with a team of healthcare professionals, including consultants, nurses, plaster technicians, healthcare assistants, and physiotherapists, to provide a fully holistic treatment plan that benefits the future health of these babies."
This collaborative approach ensures that every aspect of the child's care is addressed comprehensively. From the initial diagnosis to the casting phases, a multidisciplinary team of experts works together to support the child and their parents throughout the treatment process.
Orthotists, specifically, play a crucial role in the management of clubfoot. They are specialised healthcare professionals who design, fabricate, and fit orthopaedic devices, such as braces, to support and correct musculoskeletal conditions.
Clubfoot is a condition that can be effectively treated, allowing children to lead happy, active lives. While clubfoot presents its challenges, parents should know that many individuals with clubfoot lead fulfilling lives. Some notable personalities who were born with clubfoot include Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool FC footballer and current Aston Villa manager, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater, and Troy Aikman, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
As parents navigate the journey of clubfoot treatment, they can find comfort in knowing that a network of experts stands ready to support them. With the Ponseti method as the cornerstone of treatment and the expertise of orthotists like Georgia Dayes, the future looks bright for children born with clubfoot. Together, we can create the turning points to ensure that every child takes their first steps with confidence, embracing a world full of possibilities.
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