Every year in the United States alone, it is estimated that as many as 8,000 babies are born with idiopathic clubfoot, a foot deformity that affects otherwise healthy babies. For decades the long-standing medical solution has been surgery. But there is a better way.
Dr. John Herzenberg is head of pediatric orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Director of the International Center for Limb Lengthening where every Friday is Clubfoot Clinic and where almost every child with clubfoot is treated with a non-surgical technique called the Ponseti Method. Dr. Herzenberg is one of the world's leading experts on the Ponseti method for clubfoot treatment.
A Family Experiences Sinai Hospital's Clubfoot Program
Erin and Joe Ferner describe their experience with the Rubin Institute for
Advanced Orthopedics and its clubfoot program at Sinai Hospital. Their baby
Kilian was born with clubfoot.
Interview with Dr. Herzenberg
Dr. Herzenberg talks about how he learned about the Ponseti Method and how it has changed the lives of his patients. Very few doctors were using the nonsurgical Ponseti method two decades ago, but a respected colleague told Dr. Herzenberg that his patients were undergoing this nonsurgical treatment and were achieving excellent results. Dr. Herzenberg decided to incorporate this treatment into his practice and went from performing surgery on all of his patients with clubfoot to performing surgery on only 5% of his patients.
Correcting Clubfoot: The Ponseti Method
This Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) video provides a brief overview of what clubfoot looks like and the stages of treatment. SAWBO consulted with Dr. Herzenberg when they were creating this video.
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