miraclefeet

Approximately 1 million children in the world live with clubfoot, making it one of the most common congenital birth defects. Clubfoot not only results in a life of disability, but also a dramatic decrease in earning potential, which almost certainly results in an impoverished life. Clubfoot is a curable disease, and thanks to the Ponseti Method, now considered to be the gold standard in clubfoot treatment, it can be treated without invasive surgery and at very low cost. miraclefeet partners with Ponseti International and organizations like CURE International to establish clubfoot clinics in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. At miraclefeet we are dedicated to providing free ...
Jul 25, 2014

Silvio's Story

Silvio before treatment.
Silvio before treatment.

When Silvio’s mother found out that her son had clubfoot through an ultrasound, she   researched on-line but wasn’t able to find much information in Spanish. Luckily Ivannia and Silvio live in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, where she found our partner clubfoot clinic at Hospital Velez Paiz. She was thrilled that her son could access excellent treatment with Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Flores! She also learned valuable information and techniques about bracing from Rebeca, our National Coordinator, and Katherine, our Clinic Assistant. Ivannia was grateful that she could access reliable information and help in her own language. She is thankful that this support was available close to her home, and is glad that miraclefeet plans to expand to the Atlantic coast so that no child born with clubfoot in Nicaragua goes untreated. As for Silvio, he is learning how to kick a soccer ball and loves to play on his kid-sized motorcycle. This is only possible because his feet are now corrected!

Silvio after treatment.
Silvio after treatment.

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May 29, 2014

Treating clubfoot: Helping newborn to school-aged children

Family in Liberia with their week old child.
Family in Liberia with their week old child.

Community outreach is so important, and our partner clinic staff members and volunteers in Liberia are absolute pros at it. We recently received a grant to buy them a new vehicle to improve their ability to provide outreach in remote areas of Liberia.

This couple below recently found out about FACORC and were truly happy to have found a place where their one-week-old child can be treated. The mother said she had been ashamed to bring her child outdoors because of the deformity. Here they are before and after his first casts.

This older boy is being treated for clubfoot and is benefiting from miraclefeet-supported academic scholarship. Thanks for supporting this important work in Liberia!

Baby
Baby's first cast thanks to FACORC
He received an academic scholarship from FACORC
He received an academic scholarship from FACORC
Mar 26, 2014

Testing the miraclefeet brace in Nicaragua

Anthony in Managua trying out the brace.
Anthony in Managua trying out the brace.

miraclefeet has created a testing protocol for our new brace, which will help us gather feedback from doctors and parents about its efficacy, ease of use, comfort and parental compliance over a two-month period that started last week. This beta testing period in Nicaragua will enable doctors and clinic coordinators to assess the brace four times over the next two months - once at the first visit and then after one week, three weeks and two months.

This beta test allows us to gather data about the testing protocol itself so that we will be able streamline and standardize the process in each of the other test countries (which are the US, Brazil, India and South Africa).

In our first week of testing in Nicaragua, the most common anecdotal feedback we got from moms was that the brace is easier and faster to put on because the shoes can be put on separately from the bar and because the shoe is a traditional-style shoe. They also said that their children liked it more and they were pleased that their children could stand in it.

Sharon loves the new brace!
Sharon loves the new brace!

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