Removing Ponseti Casts

Plaster of Paris casts can be removed after soaking.

You can either pre-soak at home, or in a basin at the clinic. Sometimes you will remove the cast at home. This will depend on what facilities the clinic has available, and what they tell you to do at your casting appointment. Either way, it is recommended to remove the cast only on the morning of the clinic.

Ponseti for Parents’ practical tips

Practical tips for parents and caregivers of babies with clubfoot. These tips should not replace instructions given by a health professional. They are practical advice gathered from other parents – and although every baby is different, most of this should apply in general.

Understanding Birth Defects’

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:

The story of the Ponseti Method for clubfoot

The reason that over 95% of children born with clubfoot can have fully functional feet is the gentle treatment pioneered by Dr Ignaçio Ponseti. The success of the Ponseti treatment is a story of dedicated doctors and proactive parents. Discovering the new method Dr Ponseti pioneered his method at the University of Iowa in the 1950s […]

STEPS launches Ponseti for Parents ©

When treating clubfoot, parents and caregivers are essential in ensuring a good outcome.

Parents also play a vital role in supporting other parents and sharing information. Some parents have been (and continue to be) the driving force to influence treatment change and introduce Ponseti to their country or region. The strength and dedication of Ponseti parents should not be under-estimated.