World Clubfoot Day - June 3rd

Sarah Jonassen Bittman

Senior Technical Officer

A child sleeps while wearing castings to correct his clubfoot at a Ponseti clinic in Nigeria

An infant sleeps while wearing castings to correct his clubfoot at a Ponseti clinic in Nigeria

Ponseti International Association (PIA) has designated June 3 as World Clubfoot Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthdate of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, (1914-2009) the developer of the Ponseti Method to treat clubfoot. The goal of World Clubfoot Day is to raise awareness about clubfoot disability and its prevention using the Ponseti Method, a nonsurgical treatment that includes gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts and temporary bracing.

Jose Morcuende, CEO and medical director of Ponseti International, says that this day is an important step in furthering global awareness that clubfoot is a treatable deformity. “By designating June 3 as World Clubfoot Day, not only do we celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Ponseti, but we help further his belief that every child born with clubfoot is entitled to treatment using this low-cost, nonsurgical approach.”

Clubfoot is the most common musculoskeletal birth deformity, affecting 200,000 newborn children each year, 80 percent in developing countries. There are also hundreds of thousands of children and young adults who are living with this debilitating condition worldwide. The Ponseti Method is nearly 100 percent effective when properly applied by a trained health care provider and is considered the "gold standard" treatment, leading to a normal, productive life.

The Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project is supporting PIA in achieving their mission of reducing the incidence of neglected clubfoot worldwide and changing the lives of thousands of children through the work it is currently carrying out in Peru, Nigeria, and Pakistan by increasing access to the low-cost, low-tech, non-invasive, and highly effective Ponseti Method for treating clubfoot. Together, LMG and PIA are working to strengthen the essential elements of national clubfoot treatment programs and supporting in-country champions who are working to scale up locally-owned, high-quality, and sustainable national programs to treat clubfoot using the Ponseti method.

Thank you for the blog post LMG!