Modified Ponseti method of treatment for correction of neglected clubfoot in older children and adolescents--a preliminary report

J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Mar;25(2):99-103. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000266.


Congenital talipes equinovarus may be the most common congenital orthopedic condition requiring treatment. Nonoperative treatment including different methods is generally accepted as the first step in the deformity correction. Ignacio Ponseti introduced his nonsurgical approach to the treatment of clubfoot in the early 1940s. The method is reportedly successful in treating clubfoot in patients up to 9 years of age. However, whether age at the beginning of treatment affects the rate of effective correction and relapse is unknown. We have applied the Ponseti method successfully with some modifications for 11 patients with a mean age of 11.2 years (range, 6 to 19 years) with neglected and untreated clubbed feet. The mean follow-up was 15 months (12 to 36 months). Correction was achieved with a mean of nine casts (six to 13). Clinically, 17 out of 18 feet (94.4%) were considered to achieve a good result with no need for further surgery. The application of this method of treatment is very simple and also cheap in developing countries with limited financial and social resources for health service. To the best of the authors' knowledge, such a modified method as a correction method for clubfoot in older children and adolescents has not been applied previously for neglected clubfeet in older children in the literature.

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / surgery
  • Adolescent
  • Ankle Joint / surgery
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Child
  • Clubfoot / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Foot Orthoses
  • Humans
  • Joint Capsule / surgery
  • Male
  • Manipulation, Orthopedic
  • Tendon Transfer
  • Young Adult