‘Club foot can be treated with timely intervention’

May 05, 2017 12:00 am | Updated 04:19 am IST - TIRUPATI

Approach helpline, parents told

Club foot, a congenital medical condition which affects a majority of children, can be treated with timely intervention, said S. Srinivas Reddy, Head of Orthopaedics Department at the SVRR Government General Hospital.

Speaking during an awareness programme on ‘Club foot— Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV),’ organised in coordination with the CURE International India Trust here on Thursday, Dr. Reddy said that the deformity was easily identifiable and addressing the issue at the right moment would help the children from being permanently disabled.

New procedure

“It is estimated that about 1,700 children in the State, per year, are born with the congenital defect. Though, surgery was the initial option to correct the deformity, a new procedure ‘The Ponseti Method’ can cure the same in six to ten weeks without the need to go on the operating table. After rectifying the problem, the child will have to wear special shoes for 4-5 years,” he added.

Dr. Reddy stressed the need for spreading awareness on the ‘clubfoot condition’ and its prevalence.

He urged the parents to approach the ‘Clubfoot Helpline – 8500988855’ for getting more information about the condition.

Special shoes distributed

The hospital management later distributed special shoes for the children at the venue.

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