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World Clubfoot Day  2020

 June 23, 2020

 

World Clubfoot Day is an annual awareness day observed every June 3. It was established by the Ponseti International Association, a global organization dedicated to training and educating healthcare providers on the treatment for congenital talipes equinovarus, commonly known as clubfoot. The date was agreed upon to celebrate and honor the day Dr. Ignacio Ponseti was born, the man who developed the Ponseti method for the treatment of clubfoot.

 

The goal of World Clubfoot day is to educate the public and to raise awareness about clubfoot disability and its prevention using the Ponseti Method, a non-surgical treatment that includes gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts and temporary bracing.

 

Clubfoot is one of the most common congenital birth defects. On average, one in a thousand infants is born with clubfoot worldwide. Parents of infants born with clubfoot should understand that clubfoot is treatable. Neglected or mistreated clubfoot in children and adults may cause emotional and physical pain and possible shame, discrimination, and bullying. In developing countries, many children do not have access to health care and are forced to live with untreated clubfoot. 

 

On January 12, 2016 Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, started the partnership with Miraclefeet Organization, a non- government organization based in North Carolina, USA under the Philippine Band Of Mercy (PBM). MiracleFeet has collaborated with other organizations working in clubfoot care to develop a 15-year plan, “RunFree2030,” to end clubfoot disability worldwide. It envisions a world where all children born with clubfoot around the world receive treatment, which will enable them to live fully productive, active, and healthy lives. Since 2014, Miraclefeet has been supporting the treatment of Filipino children with clubfoot. And in order to expand its current initiatives to a national scale, on June 30, 2018, a partnership implemented the Philippine Clubfoot Program and it was signed by Miraclefeet and Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare Inc. (PNGOC).

 

On June 23, 2020, CRMC celebrated the “World Clubfoot Day”. It was also the re-opening of the clinic consultation for the clubfoot babies after more than 3 months of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. The parents and children were invited during the said event and other friends from Brigada News FM were also invited to witness and also to make an interview for some parents with clubfoot baby who has received a treatment. Dr. Jhoana Marie Zambrano, Head of Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine Department shared some insights about the program in treating the clubfoot disability. Dr. Dimarin A. Dimatingkal, CMPS II, Orthopedic Surgeon, gave a lecture on the proper treatment of the clubfoot. Dr. Dimatingkal reiterated that if clubfoot is not treated or managed successfully, it can progress to a severe deformity causing lifelong impairment affecting participation in activities of daily living. As the child grows and puts weight on their feet, they will bear weight through the sides or even the tops of their feet. In an adult, this often means the individual is unable to wear normal footwear. In most cases, they experience severe restriction in walking and by the time of their 20's or 30's, visible deformities are seen. This, in turn, often leads to discrimination and the inability to access education and employment, which further impacts the individual's capacity to contribute economically which may affect both the individual and their family members.

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Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS

Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS
Medical Center Chief II

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