The organization works with the community by providing awareness through education to parents with children born with clubfoot .
We also partner with health care facilities in their localities to provide clinics services to the targeted group using Ponseti Technique.
TCCO applies Ponsenti Method for treatment of clubfoot.
The Ponseti Method involves a series of simple, properly applied plaster casts which are changed weekly over a period of 4-6 weeks.
This is a simple out-patient procedure done using local anesthesia. Following casting, a simple foot abduction brace is worn at night for four years to prevent relapse.
The treatment starts within weeks of birth, but children as old as 16 have been successfully treated using the Ponseti Method.
The Ponseti Method involves a series of plaster casts to gradually turn the child’s foot back into a normal position. This evidence-based treatment model built upon longitudinal research conducted over 50 years at the University of Iowa is ideally suited for both the developed and developing world.
It is inexpensive, minimally invasive and can be performed by not only a doctor or nurse, but also by physiotherapists or a trained paramedical technician. This method, named for Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, is accepted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as the international standard for clubfoot treatment.
The Ponseti Method is divided into 2 phases:Treatment phase and Maintenance phase
- Treatment phase
Involves a series of simple, properly applied plaster casts that with gentle manipulation of the foot. Each cats holds the foot in a new correct position allowing it to reshape gradually.The casts are changed weekly over a period of 4-6 weeks.
This is usually followed by a minor per cutaneous surgical procedure whereby a small incision is made through the skin to reach the Achilles tendon. The tendon is cut so as to lengthen it.
- Maintenance phase
The treatment should start within weeks of birth, but children as old as 16 have been successfully treated using the Ponseti Method.