We first met baby Tshepo in February last year at the STEPS supported clubfoot clinic at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. The doctor confirmed that Tshepo had been born with one clubfoot. It was the first time that Tshepo’s mom had seen clubfoot as it is not really spoken about in her community. She was very worried that it had been caused by something she had done in her pregnancy.
January 2017 Dear Ponseti friend, As STEPS starts a new year of supporting children born with clubfoot in southern and east Africa, I reflect on the past year of opportunities, successes and challenges. Every year of life is rich with experience, and running an NGO requires so much emotional input and hard work that it’s [...]
As we head to the end of 2016, STEPS celebrates another year of helping children stand on their own two feet with Ponseti parties at our South African partner Ponseti clubfoot clinics, and Ponseti Races in Johannesburg and Cape Town. There was cake, there were balloons, and - most importantly - a lot of smiles, fun, [...]
We are celebrating another successful year of Ponseti treatments at STEPS, along with patients, parents, grandparents, siblings, doctors and nurses. We plan to celebrate in style with cake, balloons, decorations, and the people who work tirelessly to help change the lives of hundreds of children born with clubfoot. It’s a busy week for STEPS! Here’s [...]
Luca's clubfoot champion story, told by his mother Liesl: 'I went for my normal 22 week scan at my gynae. During the scan I could see something was bothering her, and after consulting with another doctor she confirmed that our little boy had clubfeet! It was agonising because during my pregnancy there was nothing we [...]
STEPS recently conducted a training workshop at Grey's Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, on the Ponseti Method of treating clubfoot. The Witness featured an article on this workshop, which you can download by clicking on the image below.
Donald was born on April 16th, 2015. While his mother was overwhelmingly excited to greet him for the first time, she was deeply concerned when she noticed that his feet were turned inward. Donald has a twin brother who was born just minutes before him and when comparing his feet to his brother’s, it was [...]
When my wife was 16 weeks pregnant, we went for a 4D scan to check the sex of the baby. It was then that we were told that our baby had clubfeet. Between then and the birth we were given a consultation with a physio at Royal Free Hospital, who explained everything and scheduled it [...]
STEPS was recently featured in an article in Your Pregnancy magazine. The article focused on the five most common birth defects. Clubfoot is one of these defects. According to the the article "[a]bout one in 500 South African babies is born with clubfoot" which is higher than the world average:
When Lethlongolo was born, the first question that her mother, Tsholofelo, asked was how something like that could happen to her. She felt scared and lost.