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NPO Steps helps children get treatment for Clubfoot in Laces For Braces Campaign

3 June 2016 4:07 PM

A mother whose child was born with clubfoot 13 years ago help other parents heal children with the congenital disorder.

Karen Moss founded STEPS, a regional non-profit organisation focused on the eradication of clubfoot in Southern and East Africa.

It is a congenital disorder than occurs at birth. The foot is turn over and sideways pointing down. In order to walk properly, the clubfoot has to be corrected.

Statistics of clubfoot occurrence are 1 in 500 children, and even more so in Southern and East Africa.

Her child was born with clubfoot 13 years ago. At that stage doctors suggested what she says was extremely invasive surgery, involving cutting the feet open, and realign the joints with pins.

The short term success looks good, but as they grow there are negative side effects.

She then discovered new research for treating the condition invented by Dr Ignacio Ponseti, and known as the Ponseti method. Back then it was far less known, and she went to America to get treatment for her son.

Nowadays over 90% of doctors use the Ponseti method, a non invasive treatment using a series of casts which manipulate the foot into the correct position over a period of time.

Steps has launched a campaign called Laces For Braces and aims to help children get the treatment they need. If you wish to make a donation, go to their website and find out what you can do to help.


3 June 2016 4:07 PM