Around 200,000 children each year are born with clubfoot, with around 80% of these in low and middle-income countries.
If left untreated, clubfoot becomes a painful and severely disabling deformity, where the feet point down and inwards and with the soles of the feet backwards; however, the simple Ponseti treatment is successful in up to 95% of cases, especially if this is initiated early.
NDORMS Professor Chris Lavy has worked with children with clubfoot for the last 30 years, both in the UK and Africa. He currently leads a project that is strengthening training and delivery capacity for clubfoot treatment in 15 sub-Saharan countries - the Africa Clubfoot Training Project.
Read more (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Science (NDORMS) website)