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Oxford surgeons have devised a course to train healthcare providers in Africa to effectively treat children with clubfoot in under resourced situations.

Baby 1

More than 30,000 children in Africa are born with clubfoot each year. Many thousands of these children will not receive treatment, as it is not available where they live.

Without treatment, the condition becomes 'neglected clubfoot', a painful and severely disabling deformity. However, in up to 95% of cases, clubfoot can be treated successfully using the Ponseti method, especially if this is initiated early. The Ponseti method involves gentle manipulations of the foot and serial plaster casting over a period of about six weeks, then a very small outpatient procedure to divide a tight tendon. The child then needs to wear a brace for a short time to prevent recurrence.

Read more (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences)