To learn more about an important medical treatment that is an ongoing project of Rotary District 6000 (of which BRC is a part), at our May 11 meeting we’ll hear about Ponseti Non-Surgical Clubfoot Repair from Tomeka Petersen.
The Ponseti method was developed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Its Website explains: "Children born with clubfoot in low-income countries don’t have many prospects if the abnormality is left untreated: they often can’t walk and the stigma makes it difficult for them to marry and find work. The standard correction used to be a complicated surgery… Once a non-surgical method was developed, it became critical to train doctors and spread the word around the world. In the 1950s, Spanish physician Dr. Ignacio Ponseti created a non-surgical method to correct clubfoot by realigning the child’s feet with a series of plaster casts, followed by wearing a foot brace at night for four years to prevent relapse….”