Clubfoot affects one out of every 800 children worldwide, making it one of the most common birth defects in the world. In low- and middle-income countries, children living with untreated clubfoot face incredible hurdles their whole lives. Along with stigma and discrimination, they are often left alone and hidden away because the family is ashamed. Because walking is so difficult, they are among the least likely to enjoy the benefits of education and healthcare. Even worse, children with clubfoot are subject to higher risks of neglect, poverty, physical, and sexual abuse.
There is hope. Given the opportunity, these children can have better odds of living fulfilling lives and contributing to the social, cultural, and economic vitality of their communities. MiracleFeet increases access to proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries through partnerships with local healthcare providers. With MiracleFeet’s support, treatment is free or extremely low-cost for the families who receive it. Over 90% of supported clinics are located in public hospitals, ensuring treatment is effective and the model is sustainable.
Founded by parents of children born with clubfoot in the US, MiracleFeet has helped change the lives of more than 44,000 children in 26 different countries. Unlike so many of the world’s problems, clubfoot is solvable – and treatment is surprisingly inexpensive using the Ponseti method, a non-surgical treatment that results in full correction of the foot in four to six weeks.
The total cost? Only $500 per child – a small price to pay to transform a child’s life.
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MiracleFeet envisions a world in which all children born with clubfoot receive treatment, enabling them to live fully productive, active and healthy lives.
MiracleFeet increases access to proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in low- and middle-income countries through partnerships with local healthcare providers.