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