Clubfoot affects one out of every 800 children worldwide, making it one of the most common birth defects in the world. In developing 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 health care. 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 have the potential to lead fulfilling lives and to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic vitality of their communities. MiracleFeet increases access to proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in developing 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.
Unlike so many of the world’s problems, clubfoot is solvable – and treatment is surprisingly inexpensive. MiracleFeet supports local health practitioners in low to middle income countries who are trained in the Ponseti Method, a non-surgical treatment that involves a series of plaster casts that are changed weekly. In 95% of cases, this results in full correction of the foot in four to six weeks. Following casting, a brace is worn at night for several years to prevent relapse. The total cost of treatment? Only $250 per child. It’s a small price to pay to transform a child’s life.
Founded by parents of children born with clubfoot in the US, MiracleFeet has helped change the lives of more than 23,000 children in 19 different countries. What we do goes beyond fixing feet. Proper treatment has far-reaching benefits – reducing the chances of living a life of poverty, abuse, and neglect in a vulnerable group of children who can easily be identified and helped. MiracleFeet is helping them rewrite their story and transform their lives. In addition to our current Board of Directors, where several of the original founders of MiracleFeet still serve, we would also like to thank the following people who played important roles in creating and building MiracleFeet:
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 developing countries through partnerships with local healthcare providers.