It Takes a Village: Ponseti Method Management of Clubfoot

MD Orthopaedics

Oct 12, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEDT(+11:00)


A clubfoot diagnosis can be upsetting to parents even though it is fully reversible with proper treatment.

That treatment often requires an entire “village” of care providers, each with a specific role to play in resolving the defect – the physician to perform the manipulation and casting, the orthotist to fit and monitor the boots-and-bar of bracing, perhaps a physical therapist to manage resistant clubfeet, and of course, the parents, who manage up to 95% of clubfoot treatment at home.

This event brings well-known medical professionals and experienced clubfoot parents together to explain the role each plays in correcting congenital clubfoot.




Paediatric Surgeon’s Perspective: Ponseti Method remains the gold standard

October 12, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM AEDT(+11:00)

John Herzenberg, MD, FRCSC, FAAOS,

This segment will focus on the Ponseti Method, specifically the casting correction and tenotomy phases of treatment, why it remains the gold standard treatment for clubfoot.


Parent’s Perspective: The Role of Parents in the Clubfoot Journey

October 12, 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM AEDT(+11:00)

Maureen Hoff

This segment will focus on the parental experience with clubfoot, especially the bracing phase of treatment. Maureen will present a summary of her experience as a clubfoot parent and advocate and discuss the importance of emotional support for parents and the importance of positive reinforcement on preventing relapse during the FAO phase.


Paediatric Physiotherapist perspective: Physiotherapy clubfoot management

October 12, 2021, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM AEDT(+11:00)

Tony Juarez

This segment shares the experiences of the team at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, where the Ponseti Method is used to provide clubfoot children with flexible and functional feet. The presentation will detail how Westmead uses the Ponseti Method through diagnosis and treatment and on to managing children with relapse.


Paediatric Orthotist’s perspective: Proper Fit of Clubfoot Foot Abduction Orthosis (FAO)- Challenges and Solutions

October 12, 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM AEDT(+11:00)

Ruth Baker, Clinical Orthotist

This session will guide the audience through the boots-and-bar (BnB) journey, from prescription to practice to tips and tricks for overwhelmed and inexperienced parents.

Ruth will describe the different types of braces used around the world and discuss the common challenges arising from long-term BnB use.

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