Visionary physician pioneers alternative clubfoot treatment

For more information, contact Michael Sondergard, University of Iowa Health Care, 319/356-7123; Tom Moore, University of Iowa Health Care, 319-356-3945; or Lorna Bennett, Porter Novelli, 312-856-8857. Visionary Physician Pioneers Alternative Clubfoot Treatment Awareness among parents, physicians goal of educational crusade IOWA CITY, IA, October 27, 1999 - In an effort to help children who have one of the most common birth defects, University of Iowa Health Care orthopaedic surgeon Ignacio Ponseti, MD, two orthopaedic colleagues and a group of parent supporters have begun an educational crusade to increase awareness and acceptance of a non-surgical, low-cost treatment for clubfoot deformity. This effort now is shifting into high gear through teaching clinics in California and Indiana designed to train physicians in the "Ponseti Method" of treatment. In addition, the University of Iowa Health Care orthopaedists are launching a new web site designed to increase public awareness and understanding of clubfoot and non-surgical treatment options. These efforts are intended to recruit more supporters among physicians and parents for this highly effective method for treating clubfoot, developed over a 50-year period by Ignacio Ponseti, MD. He and UI colleagues Stuart Weinstein, MD, and Fred Deitz, MD are internationally recognized for their skill in the non-operative treatment of clubfoot. -- more -- All three perform the technique in a clubfoot clinic at the Children's Hospital of Iowa, located at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. John E. Herzenberg, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School, recently became familiar with the Ponseti Method. "The overwhelming majority of orthopaedic surgeons in North America don't understand Ponseti's method, and they tend to dismiss it out of hand," Herzenberg said. "This is a shame because there are thousands of babies who could be tre

Contact: Michael Sondergard, University of Iowa Health Care
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