Ponseti Clubfoot Portal

In partnership with the Ponseti International Association for the Advancement of Clubfoot Treatment, work is underway to use the eGranary Digital Library to deliver instructional materials for treating clubfoot to health care providers in developing countries.

Ponseti InternationalThe association plans to use the eGranary Digital Library to train doctors in the method all over the world, rather than requiring in-person training by physicians.

The portal will provide:

  • Physician education: Training, travel, proper evaluation, and analysis with instruction from experienced teachers in the Ponseti technique, with special scholarships being available for doctors working the most underserved areas.
  • Parent education: Information that is certified and updated by experts in the Ponseti Method will be available on the Internet; in books and CDs; and through seminars.
  • Basic research: The pathogenesis of clubfoot deformity remains uknown. We want to find the underlying cause and better methods of prevention.
  • Clinical research: We hope to use virtual reality and manipulation models to improve clinical care, and we also aim to closely monitor outcomes and efficiencies with the method.
  • Improved care: The association will work to bring resource providers and those in need of additional resources together, so that even the simplest medicinal materials -- such as casting materials, shoes, and braces -- can reach those in need.

Why it's needed:

More than 150,000 newborns are born annually with clubfoot; 80 percent of them in the developing world.  It is one of the most common congenital disorders occuring in otherwise healthy infants.

In many countries these children are left untreated; their deformed foot disables them throughout their life and leaves them dependent on the charity of others for survival.

About Dr. Ponseti and Ponseti International:

Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, professor emeritus in the University of Iowa College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, developed a 95 percent effective, inexpensive treatment that can restore children to a normal life.

Known as the "Ponseti Method", this nonsurgical approach uses gentle manipulations and plaster casts. This method gives long-term results unlike surgery which usually leaves patients in pain later in their lives.

The majority of clubfeet cases can be corrected in infancy in about six to eight weeks with the Ponseti Method of proper gentle manipulations and plaster casts.

The Ponseti International Association for the Advancement of Clubfoot Treatment was established to advance the treatment of children with clubfoot deformity through education, improved care and research.

Learn more about Dr. Ponseti and the Ponseti Method for clubfoot treatment