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Background and purpose

Neglected clubfoot deformity is a major cause of disability in low-income countries. Most children with clubfoot have little access to treatment in these countries, and they are often inadequately treated. We evaluated the effective- ness of Ponseti’s technique in neglected clubfoot in children in a rural setting in Ethiopia.

Patients and methods

A prospective study was conducted from June 2007 through July 2010. 22 consecutive children aged 2–10 years (32 feet) with neglected clubfoot were treated by the Ponseti method. The deformity was assessed using the Pirani scor- ing system. The average follow-up time was 3 years.


A plantigrade functional foot was obtained in all patients by Ponseti casting and limited surgical intervention. 2 patients (4 feet) had recurrent deformity. They required re- manipulation and re-tenotomy of the Achilles tendon and 1 other patient required tibialis anterior transfer for dynamic supination deformity of the foot.


This study shows that the Ponseti method with some additional surgery can be used successfully as the pri- mary treatment in neglected clubfoot, and that it minimizes the need for extensive corrective surgery. 


  1. Birhanu Ayana & Peter J Klungsøyr (2014) Good results after Ponseti treatment for neglected congenital clubfoot in Ethiopia, Acta Orthopaedica, 85:6, 641-645, DOI: 10.3109/17453674.2014.957085