Managing children with clubfoot

Managing Children with Clubfoot

Around the world over 150,000 babies are born with clubfoot each year...

Summary

The course will provide a framework to develop theoretical principles for the management of children with clubfoot relevant in all contexts. It will introduce the pathoanatomy, etiology and epidemiology underpinning idiopathic clubfoot, including: idiopathic in an infant, idiopathic clubfoot in the older child, relapse and atypical clubfoot.  The course will explore assessment and the roles of the multidisciplinary team, as well as provide a theoretical understanding of management techniques and related clinical considerations. It will not teach practical skills or lead to any clinical qualification. The global network formed through this course will allow for shared knowledge and experiences to support good health care and a better quality of life for children with clubfoot around the world.

Introduction

In 2017 Physiopedia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI) are collaborating to deliver a free online course on Managing Children with Clubfoot.  The course is joint funded by ICRC and Physiopedia, the ACT Team and partners, including the University of Oxford, CURE International and Global Clubfoot Initiative have kindly provided content for the course, which is also being supplemented with additional material from global experts.

Clubfoot is a complex, congenital deformity of the foot also known as ‘congenital talipes equinovarus’ (CTEV) caused by the abnormal development of a baby’s bones, ligaments and muscles whilst in the womb. Around the world, 150,000 – 200,000 babies with clubfoot are born each year, approximately 80% of these will be in low and middle income countries. Without treatment, the clubfoot deformity causes a lifetime of disability as the affected individual experiences pain and difficulty in walking. People with untreated clubfoot find it difficult to access education, employment and experience exclusion from society. However, most cases of clubfoot can be successfully treated by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare workers with methods that may include a combination of stretching, casting, and bracing.

Outline

  1. Section 1: Introduction to Clubfoot
  2. Section 2: Assessing Children with Clubfoot
  3. Section 3: Understanding the Management of Children with Clubfoot
  4. Section 4: Effective Management Considerations
  5. Section 5: Final Tasks and Optional Assignment