World Opinion Forum Recognizes Value of Ponseti Method

Mary Ann Porucznik

More than 50 years ago, Ignacio Ponseti, MD, developed a nonsurgical method to correct clubfoot in infants through gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts. He practiced and refined the technique at the University of Iowa, where he served in the department of orthopaedics from his arrival in 1941 until his death in 2009.

Today, the Ponseti method is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for clubfoot, achieving correction in more than 90 percent of patients. Its popularity is due, in part, to the facts that it can be readily taught, is relatively inexpensive, and relies on easily obtainable materials.

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