Ivy creating this web page.
Hi, we're Richard and Sara, the parents to Ian
and Ivy. When Sara was expecting with Ivy, a
sonogram revealed the possibility of a clubfoot
on her right foot. Although we knew nothing about
clubfoot, we were assured that it's a very minor
birth defect which generally is treated with braces.
The orthopedic doctor began putting casts on
Ivy's foot a few weeks after she was born.
He's a good doctor, but he was not answering
questions about Ivy's treatment and prognosis
to our satisfaction. Furthermore, when we went
to get a second opinion, the other orthopedist
disagreed completely with the treatment that
Ivy was receiving and strongly recommended
surgery for her foot. We discovered firsthand
that there is a divergence of opinions among
physicians regarding clubfoot treatment.
After researching the topic, we learned there
are many treatment options available for clubfoot.
This website was created
partly out of this research in order to empower
parents to make an informed decision about
treatment for their son or daughter.
After this research, we decided on a non-surgical
treatment called the Ponseti method, and we advocate
this method of treatment. We realize, however, that
every person is unique, so we provide information
on other remedies that are available.
Our hope is that this website is informative
and useful to you. Hopefully, this website is
easy to navigate. At the same time, you can
provide additional content on many of the
pages. Feel free to provide
feedback if you have any ideas to improve this site.
You can read more about Ivy at
her homepage. And you can find out more about the Masoner
This website would absolutely not be possible without the time and effort
contributed by a number of people. Clubfoot.net is truly a collaborative
Martin Egbert and
Lori Stime did a ton of research, the results of which I stole from them :-) and
pasted into this website. These folks actually paid hundreds of dollars for medical
texts on Clubfoot and Pediatric Orthopedics, and presented the information in a manner
that is easy to understand.
Myrthala Bowsky probably has done more work on the
Spanish version of clubfoot.net than I have on
the rest of the website.
She has worked to take my vague instructions and translate these web pages into
Spanish, while at the same time giving suggestions on improving the site. She's
a native speaker of Spanish and she knows HTML, so if you need translation
Myrthala does quality work. 56 million people around the world
speak Spanish with 20 million having access to the Internet in the year 2000,
so providing a Spanish-language web page can provide a competitive advantage for you.
We also thank Teresa, Michelle, and the dozens of others on the clubfoot
and nosurgery4clubfoot onelist mailing lists and at ParentsPlace who have provided
additional input, suggestions, comments, and encouragement. Ivy's orthopedist,
the famous Dr. Ponseti, has also provided encouragement. And of course Ivy, who
has sat patiently on our laps as we've sat typing all of this into the computer,
is the joy of our lives (along with her older brother Ian, of course!)
Most of all, we give thanks to the founder and finisher of our faith, Jesus
Christ. The physician's craft of "laying on of hands" for healing was inspired
by the Great Physician. Christ gives us strength for living and a peace that
passes all understanding, and his Holy Spirit truly is "joy unspeakable."
If you would like to discover more about this man who claims he was
sent to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to set
at liberty those who are oppressed, we invite you
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