Clubfoot: Importance of Early Detection

The time has come for the maternal and newborn health community to prioritize congenital anomalies.

Clubfoot is one of the most common birth defects and a major cause of physical disability globally. The vast majority of cases are diagnosed at birth and occur in otherwise healthy babies. Clubfoot is easily identifiable by the way the feet face inward and downward. Left untreated, this disability makes walking extremely difficult and painful. 

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Clubfoot, a common congenital anomaly, offers a case study of the integration of the care of congenital anomalies into health systems.


Worldwide, clubfoot affects approximately 200,000 newborns every year (1 in 800).

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90% of newborns with clubfoot are born in LMICs and 85% do not have access to proper treatment.

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Idiopathic clubfoot is treatable in 95% of cases. Starting treatment shortly after birth gives children the best chance to lead a disability-free life.


Without treatment, children face severe disability, stigma, and discrimination; are less likely to enjoy the benefits of education and healthcare; and are at a much higher risk of neglect, poverty, and abuse.

MiracleFeet is on a mission to ensure that all newborns with clubfoot receive treatment.

To promote lasting and sustainable change, MiracleFeet seeks to integrate clubfoot programs in local health systems by:

MiracleFeet partners with stakeholders at the national and international level to bring nonsurgical Ponseti treatment to newborns across the globe. MiracleFeet and its partners are continually working to expand access to clubfoot treatment by:

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Together, we can give every newborn with clubfoot a chance to thrive.

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