About Clubfoot

Clubfoot affects at least one of every 800 children, making it one of the most common birth defects in the world.

Clubfoot (or talipes equinovarus) is a congenital birth defect that causes one or both feet to turn inward and upward. The exact causes are unknown, but research indicates genetic factors may play a role in 25% of cases. Clubfoot results from abnormal development of the muscles, tendons, and bones of the fetus. Shortened tendons and ligaments on the inside of the lower leg lead to the foot turning inward. A tight Achilles tendon contributes to the rigidity of the foot. It occurs in both feet about 50% of the time.

9.75 million people alive today were born with clubfoot. As many as 8 million never received treatment.

One of the most common birth defects, clubfoot occurs in at least 1 out of 800 births and has been documented for thousands of years, with some variation across countries and ethnic groups and an increased incidence in children born to a parent with clubfoot. It occurs more often in boys than in girls.

In countries with advanced health systems, the condition is usually diagnosed via ultrasound and treated shortly after birth using the Ponseti Method. Children born with clubfoot in these countries typically go on to live healthy, active lives. Unfortunately, 85% of children born with clubfoot in low- or middle-income countries have limited access to proper treatment and face an increased risk of lifelong pain, stigma, and exclusion.

MiracleFeet is on a mission to eliminate this leading cause of disability worldwide.

MiracleFeet, with local healthcare providers and governments, is bringing the low-cost, nonsurgical standard of care to low-income countries. Founded in 2010, MiracleFeet has supported treatment for nearly 50,000 children in 28 countries, through a growing network of now over 300 clinical sites in existing health facilities worldwide.

We are the largest global organization solely dedicated to ending the disability caused by this common congenital condition for every child affected by it, forever.

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