DHAKA: Clubfoot -Possible Cure

Tens of thousands of babies worldwide are still born with clubfoot – feet turned inward at birth – despite a cost-effective, non-surgical treatment, say health experts.

About 150,000 children are born every year with the deformity that, if left untreated, increases in severity and pain, leading to a life of stigma, isolation, disability and depression, said Canada-based Shafique Pirani.

Named after its inventor, the Ponseti method means even people not trained as doctors can treat clubfoot through corrective foot manipulation and castings, followed by corrective shoe braces made by trained cobblers for as little as $4.

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