All parents and guardians whose children are currently using a clubfoot brace are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by The University of Iowa. The purpose of the study is to better understand the types of braces being used following correction of clubfoot using the Ponseti method and to better understand the factors that affect continued use of a brace. Your name will not be collected and participation is completely voluntary. Parents and guardians whose children are currently using a clubfoot brace can participate in the survey by clicking on this link:
Thanks to the genius of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jose Morcuende, MD, PHD, Nicole Grosland- Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Physical Therapy Dr. Thomas Cook the Iowa Brace was born.
Dr. Morcuende is also President of Ponseti International Association, a nonprofit dedicated to training physicians and health providers worldwide to properly practice the Ponseti Method. By training local providers PIA helps them establish their own sustainable national treatment programs.
The Ponseti Method for clubfoot treatment is based on a sound understanding of the functional anatomy of the foot and of the biological response of muscles, ligaments and bone to corrective position changes that can be gradually obtained by manipulation and casting. The majority of clubfeet can be corrected in infancy in about six to eight weeks if the Ponseti Method is properly applied.
“I am very impressed with the results created by the Ponseti Method and Clubfoot Solution’s Iowa Brace. Not only are children in developed countries able to avoid surgery, children in developing countries without access to sophisticated medical operations can successfully be treated of congenital clubfoot. Clubfoot is not hopeless. Clubfoot correction does not have to be painful.”