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Clubfoot

About Our Clubfoot Clinic

Finding out that your child has clubfoot can be overwhelming. You're wondering: Will my child ever walk normally? And that’s probably just the beginning of your questions. 

Here’s the good news: Clubfoot is very treatable. And at OIC’s Clubfoot Clinic, we know that because we treat other children with clubfoot every day. 

The experienced, compassionate, and dedicated team of specialists at OIC’s Clubfoot Clinic is ready to help give your child the best chance to walk, run, and play just like any other child.  

Lewis E. Zionts, MD, a renowned specialist in clubfoot treatment, leads OIC’s Clubfoot Clinic. Dr. Zionts, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at UCLA, received training in the gold standard treatment, the Ponseti Method, under the man who innovated this treatment process: Ignacio Ponseti, MD.


 

Services Provided at OIC’s Clubfoot Clinic

The Ponseti Method is a minimally invasive, non-surgical method of treatment that works in about 95% of cases. The Ponseti method involves three steps: 

  1. Manipulation and casting: Your child’s foot is moved into the right position and held in place by a cast.

  1. Achilles tenotomy: The physician will perform a minor procedure to release tightness in the Achilles tendon.

  2. Bracing: Since clubfoot can recur, your child will receive a brace that keeps the foot at the proper angle.  

If a relapse occurs, your child’s physician will take specific steps to regain correction of the foot. Generally, this will involve further cast treatment followed by bracing or surgery to move a tendon to balance the foot 

Our Clubfoot Clinic is here to help you and your child at all times, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We are ready to provide a full range of treatment and support services, including: 

  • Diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays
  • Clubfoot treatment customized to your child
  • Pep talks and encouragement through the challenges, like bracing
  • Guidance, care, and support during and after each phase of treatment
  • Surgery, only if necessary

 

What to Bring to OIC’s Clubfoot Clinic

Make sure to bring the following to your child’s appointment to help everything run as smoothly as possible: 

  • Your child’s insurance card
  • Your picture ID
  • Court documents showing you have legal guardianship (if you are not the child’s parent)
  • List of the child’s current medications
  • If your child is new to OIC, please also bring the child’s medical records (if available)

 

Questions to Ask About Clubfoot Treatment

Most parents have numerous questions about clubfoot, the treatment process, and what this condition means for their child in both the short- and long-term. At OIC’s Clubfoot Clinic, we want you to feel comfortable asking us any and all questions you might have. 

For instance: 

  • What does each phase of clubfoot treatment entail?
  • Will my child need surgery at any point during treatment?
  • What are the risks of this method of treatment?
  • What are the risks of not treating clubfoot?
  • Will the treatment process be painful for my child? If so, how can I help with pain management?
  • How can I help my child during each part of the treatment process?
  • Will my child’s foot look normal afterward?
  • Will my child’s foot function normally afterward?
  • Can clubfoot come back over time?