[Pediatric clubfoot : Treatment of recurrence]

Orthopade. 2016 Oct;45(10):909-24. doi: 10.1007/s00132-016-3319-9.
[Article in German]


Over the last 10 years the Ponseti method has become established as the gold standard for initial treatment of clubfeet nearly worldwide. Nevertheless, there are considerable fluctuations regarding the authenticity and quality in the application of the Ponseti method. Especially the efforts to ensure and promote compliance with the foot abduction brace and subsequently the recurrence rate show great variation. As a result, we are still faced with a significant number of recurrent or residual clubfeet. In recent years it has been shown in high-volume clinics that even these can almost always be successfully treated with recasting and with minor interventions, such as anterior tibial tendon transfer and lengthening of the Achilles tendon. More invasive surgical procedures are only very rarely indicated and are reserved for severe recurrence in previously surgically treated and secondary clubfeet.

Keywords: Plaster cast; Ponseti; Splints; Surgery; Tendons.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clubfoot / diagnosis*
  • Clubfoot / therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immobilization / methods*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / methods*
  • Tendon Transfer / methods
  • Treatment Outcome