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