What is Clubfoot?
Clubfoot is one of the most common birth deformities that affects over 2, 00,000 new born children every year in the world. Every 10 minutes a child is born with clubfoot in India, ie. over 50,000 children are born with Clubfoot deformity every year (1 per 500 birth). Clubfoot is a condition where the foot is twisted inward and can be corrected with serial cast and a special shoe. Many children born with clubfoot are misunderstood as polio affected children. Majority of them grow up with clubfoot deformity and live physically challenged all their life. Untreated clubfoot children can’t walk, run or play and many of them never get an opportunity of education.
What does CURE India do?
CURE International India (CII) is a nonprofit, Registered National Health Care Organisation that serves India with a vision to eradicate disability caused by Clubfoot. In India we have successfully treated over 8000 children in Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jharkhand Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and the North eastern states .CURE International India began its service in India from April 2009 with a goal to eradicate disability caused by clubfoot in India. In the last 5 years, CURE has established 20 state level programs and has over 13882 children getting free treatment at the public hospitals.
What is the Ponseti Method?
Named after late Dr. Igancio Ponseti, the Ponseti method is a specific method of manipulation to stretch contracted ligaments which uses a prescribed formula of serial casting, tenotomy (under local anesthesia), bracing, and follow-up visits. When an infant is recognized to have clubfoot, the Ponseti method is regarded as the most effective method to treat clubfoot. It is easy – it is performed in outpatient clinics.