Being born with clubfoot doesn’t mean kids can never walk

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Being born with clubfoot doesn’t mean kids can never walk

A child with clubfoot is treated at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital this week using the Ponseti method of plaster casts and braces. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The STEPS Foundation helps to treat children born with the defect in public hospitals using the internationally endorsed Ponseti Method that excludes surgery.

After the news that her child had been born with a severe case of talipes equinovarus, also known as clubfoot, a young mother is now on her way to witnessing her daughter taking her first steps more than four years later. Nthabiseng Mokoena recalled the moments after the birth of her daughter in April 2015 as “confusing” when the doctor told her about her child’s musculoskeletal birth deformity. She had not heard of the word before then. Her child was referred to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital’s Clubfoot Clinic where she had her first encounter with the STEPS Foundation, an...



 


 

 

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