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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended to educate the consumer on clubfoot (talipes) and choices in treatment of clubfoot. The information on this website is not to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Continued use of clubfeet.net shall be deemed to be your conclusive acceptance of clubfeet.net's Use Agreement.


About clubfoot.net

Photo of Ivy 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 family at our homepage.

Acknowledgements

This website would absolutely not be possible without the time and effort contributed by a number of people. Clubfoot.net is truly a collaborative effort.

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 contact us.

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