Clubfoot

World Clubfoot Day 2019

It’s World Clubfoot Day! And since photos are my love language, I couldn’t let the day go by without celebrating our sweet Jonas’ perfect feet!

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If you’ve been following along here for a while, you know he was born with bilateral clubfoot, meaning both of his feet were twisted in and upward — it’s a birth defect that’s actually quite common, affecting about one in every thousand babies born. We’re not sure what causes it, and there does seem to be a hereditary component.

Luckily, it’s highly treatable thanks to the Ponseti method, a process of casting and tendon clipping that slowly stretches the feet into correct alignment. Jonas wears a brace, called boots & bar, at night when he sleeps to make sure he doesn’t relapse while he’s in the first few years of rapid growth.

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Showing off his BNB last year. He’s grown so much already!

He has been a champ throughout the whole process, and we’ve been lucky to have a pretty straightforward case.

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In places where people don’t have access to properly-trained Ponseti orthopedists, bad treatment can make things worse — and left untreated, the condition is crippling. (We’ve done some fundraising for MiracleFeet in the past, which helps get treatment to kids in developing countries, it’s a fantastic organization that can do so much good with very little money!)

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I’ve written plenty about our story here on the blog and shared on my YouTube channel if you want to learn more 🙂

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