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The Ponseti Method of clubfoot treatment is the effective solution to prevent the disability caused by neglected clubfoot.

Our goal is for every child born with clubfoot to have access to the Ponseti Method.

SAPOS (SA Paediatric Orthopaedic Society) endorse the Ponseti Method as best practice for clubfoot treatment.

Around 2,000 children are born every year with clubfoot in South Africa. A child born with clubfoot needs effective and early treatment. Neglected or untreated clubfoot leads to permanent disability and is a barrier to participating fully in economic and social life. A child with neglected clubfoot cannot walk correctly, run, play or go to school like other children. These children face increased psychological and socio-economic burdens, which is a strain on their family, their community, and the economy.A

Steps impact model consists of four pillars that directly contribute to the elimination of clubfoot as source of disability.

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PROBLEM

Eliminate clubfoot as a source of disability

PILLAR OF FOCUS

Training

Clinic Support

Advocacy

Braces

OUTPUTS

Training of medical professionals

Clinic advisers

Data capture

Parent education

Educate and sensitise community

Sustainable supply of essential medical devices

OUTCOMES

Increased access to Ponseti treatment

Improved effective and well-resourced clinics

Increased awareness and early referral

Improved adherence to treatment

IMPACT

Child is able to walk on straight flexible feet without pain or disability

 

In 2003, Steps founder Karen Moss introduced the Ponseti method for clubfoot to South Africa. The Ponseti method is a proven technique ideal for low resource settings and 95% effective in treating clubfoot. Ponseti is now the global standard of treatment, and considered best practice by orthopaedic associations worldwide. When done by a well-trained provider with good support for the family, the Ponseti method is over 95% successful. The Ponseti method is a two-phase treatment that starts at birth and finishes age four:

  1. Correction phase: Starts at birth, weekly plaster casts are applied to the entire leg after specific manipulations. Takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
  2. Maintenance phase: After correction, a night brace is worn until the child is four year old to maintain the position of the foot.

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Donor Messages

Lana Mayes and family
Congratulations STEPS on all that you do.
Lindy Lloyd
Well done Steps, such a great cause!
Grant Watson
Happy Birthday STEPS! Inspired by your work!
Vasili and Georgia
For our special boy Pano
Alex
This is to help another child have the Ponseti treatment to walk, run and play like me!
Anna
Impressed by the work you do! Go STEPS :)

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