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International Day of Persons with Disability programme at ICCONS, Shoranur

Disability Day programmes we are organising at #ICCONS, #Shoranur, #Kerala

We are covering all levels and types of disabilities with medical camps, parent awareness and other community programmes designed to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness and improve accessibility to services.

This year we have an elaborate programme with Pediatric Orthopedic disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Hearing Disability, Genetic Disorders all included in the programme. Please find details below and do share among your groups.

Programme

Attaching the brochure below this with programme details.

International Day for Persons of Disability 2019
International Day for Persons of Disability 2019

Time and Place

Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences , Shoranur , Palakkad

Phone : 0466-2224869

Email : icconssrr@gmail.com

Website : https://iccons.co.in

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Clubfoot Parental Awareness and Caregiving advise Programme at Palakkad , Kerala

Clubfoot Care Team at Palakkad District Cooperative Hospital, Palakkad, Kerala, India

I am happy to announce that we successfully organised a Clubfoot Parental Awareness and Caregiving Programme at the Palakkad District Co-operative Hospital, Palakkad, Kerala on August 31st, 2019. This was done to organise parents into a self support group and to provide parents the necessary group counselling on Ponseti Method of Clubfoot treatment.

We have been organising World Clubfoot Day programmes, Free Medical Camps of Clubfoot and assiting children from underprivileged backgrounds get Ponseti standard of care Clubfoot along with CTEV Foot Abduction Orthosis via our charity trust https://mitratrust.org. We also described out #ArztForACause art and painting fundraiser which is undertaken originally to raise funds for children with Cerebral Palsy and now extended to children with Pediatric Orthopaedic Deformities.

The programme was well attended and was co-ordinated with our Obsterician colleague and all the staff nurses who are part of the Clubfoot Care team who counselled the young mothers on Breast Feeding, Child Nutrition, Clubfoot, Braces and Ponseti Exercises.

We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout on the day as it was organised in short notice. This programme will be followed up more such programmes on Clubfoot ( sometimes called CTEV : Congenital Talipes Equino Varus ) for Staff Nurses and train them in Ponseti Care .

Attaching below are the pictures from the event.

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Clubfoot Parental Caregiving Interactive Session at Palakkad

#Clubfoot guide and interactive session for patents at #Palakkad Cooperative Hospital is being organized on August 31st.


The program includes a lecture by me on Clubfoot for parents and a interaction with our Clubfoot Care Team , Orthosis Check, Doubts about casting, checking recurrence of deformity and general clarification on Clubfoot care.

Parents will have an opportunity to interact with other parents exchange their experience about treatment, the issues and build a support community.

Attaching the Program details below. Please call the number for registration.

Clubfoot Parental Caregiving Interactive Session at Palakkad, Kerala

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National Bone and Joint Day Celebrations 2019 – Free Orthopaedic Medical Camp at Palakkad, Kerala

We at the Palakkad Orthopaedic Club are organising a free medical camp on August 04th, 2019 to mark the celebrations of National Bone and Joint Day in 2019. We will be holding the medical camp at IMA Hall, Palakkad, Kerala on August 4th from 9.30 am – 02.00pm.

Dr. Tajan, President Palakkad Orthopaedic Club and Dr. V G Ponnirajan, Secretary, Palakkad Orthopaedic Club have been hard at work along with the other members of the local orthopaedic fraternity to organise this event.

We will be participating in this medical camp and are expecting a large turnout for the event. Brochures, Posters and Press release has been done and event has been publicised in the social media well so that maximum number of the deserving public can be reached.

Those seen at the camp and found eligible, free surgeries can be conducted at District Hospital and other local private hospital after screening. This ensures that the benefits of the event truly go to the deserving.

Please find below the poster for the event.

Bone and Joint Day Celebrations among Orthopaedic Surgeons, Palakkad, Kerala. We are organising a free medical camp
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Free Medical Camp for Paediatric Orthopaedic Deformities, Cerebral Palsy and Neurological disorders at Palakkad, Kerala

So happy that we’ve had a very successful #PediatricOrthopedic and #CerebralPalsy #Medical camp today at #Palakkad, #Kerala. This is one of a kind medical camp, parent education drive and cross speciality clinic that we’ve been hosting at Palakkad since 2014.

This is the 6th year of my setting up Paediatric Orthopaedic clinic here at Palakkad Cooperative Hospital, Kerala and patient awareness of the problem of Cerebral Palsy, ClubFoot has increased tremendously over these years.

Sevabharathi volunteers were as usual wonderful and committed. None of this would have been possible if not for the commitment of Biju Bhasker and his team of LifeCare Physiotherapy Centre at Palakkad, Kerala. He has been the main organising force behind this over the years.

Today we had a Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Velmurugan and Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Jaganandan join us for the camp. Both specialists are from Coimbatore. It was so nice of them to take time out and join our efforts.

With God’s grace we’ve been able to consistently raise the standard and tune the camp to make it more cross specialist so that patients can consult multiple specialists in the same visit. We try with every camp to make it better. I was discussing with Udayasankar CN of Sevabharathi, Palakkad that next camp should be much better in many ways.

I could identify some children who will require surgical procedure, plaster casts, Botox injections which could be funded, if approved, via the planned free surgery program at Palakkad for the #Bone and #Joint Day of #IndianOrthopaedicAssociation in the first week of August.

Attaching below some pictures of the event.

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Paediatric Orthopaedic and Cerebral Palsy Medical Camp

As planned we will be conducting the free #CerebralPalsy and #PaediatricOrthopaedic medical camp this month on 21st at Palakkad, Kerala. It will be held at Life Care Physiotherapy Clinic, Fort Maidan, Palak kar, Kerala.I will be examining children with orthopedic problems, limb deformities, birth deformities like #ClubFoot, Cerebral Palsy and Spine disorders like #Scoliosis.

Cerebral Palsy

Like last time this camp will be conducted in association with #SevaBharathi who will provide logistic support. A big thanks the people and volunteers of SevaBharathi who’ve been associated with this since last 3 years.The medical camp this time is further expanded to include Paediatric Neurologist, Paediatric Gastroenterologist who will also be participating.Attaching the poster for the event below.Please do share and spread the word.Thank you.Dr. Easwar TR.Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Trivandrum

This April I’d be starting my #Clubfoot clinic as part of the Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital, #Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

This hospital caters to poor patients in the city and a cost effective Clubfoot Clinic will add to the existing services run here.

Last month I had started my Paediatric Orthopaedic Clinic there officially and we plan to step up the services for Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Sports Injuries and Pediatric Limb Deformities in coming months as more ancillary services are commissioned here.

Clubfoot Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala

Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala

Do pass the news around to people who may benefit. Our main focus would be to keep it state of the art and cost effective.

Overtime we will add features to the clinic and ancillary services . Watch this space !!

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A Combined Free Medical Camp for Pediatric Neurological and Pediatric Orthopedic Disorders :

Dream come true for me today.

After many years of work we finally have a #PediatricNeurologist ( Dr.Velmurugan, Hope Neuro Centre , Coimbatore ) (geared towards #DevelopmentalNeurology), Occupational Therapists, #Pediatrician (Dr. Lakshmi, Coimbatore), #Psychiatrist(Dr. Sajal), #Psychologist joining our team to treat Developmental Neurological issues in Children and Cerebral Palsy.

This is the first day of two day free medical camp. First day is dedicated to the neurological issues in children like #Autism, #Seizure disorders and second day for #PediatricOrthopedic Diseases, Limb Deformities like #ClubFoot and #CerebralPalsy.

This was in organised in association with #Sevabharathi who has been most kind in donating money, arranging volunteers etc.. The premises itself is a Lifecare Physiotherapy clinic of Biju Bhasker at #Palakkad, #Kerala.

Most kind have been Sevabharathi, it’s volunteers and Dr. Sreeram Sankar without whom this wouldn’t be possible. When me and Mr.Biju approached them with the idea 2 years ago they had a kind heart to go ahead and help us with much needed sponsorship and man power.

Watch this space. The next event would be bigger and better !!

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What is Pediatric Orthopedics and what are the common diseases – a Q & A

Recently gave an interview to a popular news channel in #Kerala in #Malayalam.

The topic was “Common Children’s Orthopedic Disorders and Cerebral Palsy”.

It’s is in an interview format with patients who are interested phoning in the channel to discuss some of their doubts about these disease conditions.

The idea was to take up and discuss the most common children’s bone diseases that parents would need guidance on like Bow Legs, Knock Knees, Club Foot, TB infection of Bones, Perthes Disease of hip, Cerebral Palsy and interact with patients who may phone in.

Common Bone and Joint Problems in Children and Cerebral Palsy

(This interview would be in the local language of Kerala State, Malayalam )

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Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Dear Friends ,

I have great pleasure to announce that along with the launch of a Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital , Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala I am also starting an exclusive Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic.

This will cater to children suffering with bone and joint disorders, congenital deformities like Club Foot, Flat foot, Knock Knees and Bow legs among many others. Treatment advise for Spine problems in children like spina bifida, congenital and idiopathic scoliosis are also offered.

I am hereby attaching a video clip showing the many clinical conditions for which services are being offered here.

This hospital being a charitable one caters to the poor and these services would be of benefit to many.

Kindly share among your friends so that people are aware of the new service.

Dr. Easwar TR
Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon

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#WorldCerebralPalsyDay event !! – wonderful experience at #Palakkad, #Kerala

It was a wonderful experience to be part of the team that organised #WorldCerebralPalsyDay event to bring parents, children, caregivers, NGOs, Doctors, Therapists, Counsellors together for a day and have fun and enrich themselves.

The event was organised by Lifecare #Physiotherapy Centre, #Palakkad, Kerala along with #Sevabharathi, #Kerala at Thrupthi Hall in the centre of town.

The choice of centre was superb as it was right in centre of town allowing easy transit for children coming in from rural areas and those with limited mobility.

We assembled at the centre around 10 am and crowd had already trickled in at that time. In another hour about 40 children, parents, caregivers and health care professionals had assembled. The inauguration was a minimal affair with Dr. Sreeram Shankar starting the welcome address with respects paid to the almighty and the parents who had taken time to get here. This was followed by a medical camp by me, a painting competition and a singing competition for the children. There was a talk after that by Dr. Deepa, Psychaitrist, District Hospital, Palakkad which was followed by my parental awareness on treating #CerebralPalsy children.

Cerebral Palsy Event inaugural address by Mr. Kalyanaraman, Palakkad, Sevabharathi

It was a red-alert day in many places for #Kerala because of fear of inclement weather. However, rain stayed away largely apart from slight drizzle. That was a relief.

About 40 children took part in the celebrations, competitions, talks and counselling sessions. It was well appreciated by all, many who are experiencing this for the first time.

Positive vibes which would rub off into the child’s care was the key. Parents took strength from one another and participated in the awareness session. Many misconceptions about Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, Autism, Global Developmental Delay were cleared.

We are planning sessions throughout this month and hopefully improve the quality and participation of these events in the next iteration.

 

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World #CerebralPalsy Day – October 6, 2018

#WorldCerebralPalsyDay is afoot. Like last year, I am planning to conduct month long events across Palakkad and Shoranur to raise parental awareness on treatment of #CerebralPalsy.

Most of the parents who come for care of their children come late, unfortunately with joint contractures, hip subluxations, alteration in knee mechanics and foot deformities. Aside from these the problems these children have with upper limbs, hands and doing activities.

Many of these children have uncontrolled seizures, terrible difficulties communicating, speaking out their issues apart from ambulation.  Ambulation may in fact be least of their issues. This sad fact goes to show how important early referral is and how important it is to enroll the child under a care of a Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Physiotherapist who can then co-ordinate care with their colleagues in Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Audiology etc ..

Cerebral Palsy care is a great team effort. No part of the team is greater than other, but the role of the General Practitioner / Pediatric Medicine Doctor, Pediatric Physiotherapist is central, at least in India. They determine the sole referral entity, a person with whom the parents spend their maximum time and trust with. They are the ones in whom they confide most of their issues with.

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a wonderful concept to reinforce these simple care giving principles. Parent education and empowerment being central to the cause of care of these children. Like 2017, we are organising activities across the district of Palakkad – in Palakkad town and neaby rural areas and Shoranur town to educate parents and also conduct early detection and intervention camps to identify children who need care.

World Cerebral Palsy Day – at Palakkad and Shoranur, 2018

Activities planned :

  • Free medical camps for underpriviliged children
  • Special clinics with Gait Analysis
  • Funded Orthotic programme for poor children
  • Pediatric Physiotherapy advice
  • Custom made Wheel Chair fitting
  • Parent awareness of Cerebral Palsy – lectures and symposias in rural areas
  • Notices and public handouts to improve general awareness
  • Involvement of other NGOs , social service organisations to improve public outreach

These activities would be done throughout Ocotober 2018 under aegis of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Hospital & Research Centre and ICCONS, Shoranur

Contact Numbers for Clinic bookings  and more information:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Hospital, Kallekkad, Palakkad : 0491-250-9000
  2. ICCONS, Shoranur, Palakkad                                                   : 0466-222-4869
  3. Contact me                                                                                  : EMAIL

 

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Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Conference 2018 NewDelhi

#IFSBHCON2018
#SPINABIFIDA
#hydrocephalus
#spinabifidafoundation
Lovely conference and lovely to see the so many families and patients viewing life with such a positive attitude https://t.co/eXqZWmuhoa

Dr. Santhosh Karmakar and Spina Bifida Foundation deserve credit for bringing together different professionals -doctors, physiotherapists and families, together for this event

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#CerebralPalsy and #PediatricOrtho #medical #camp at #Palakkad

Had a wonderful #CerebralPalsy and #PediatricOrtho #medical #camp at #Palakkad #Kerala organised by wonderful people at #SevaBharathi . It was well attended with parents and children braving the heavy rain.
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Free Medical Camp for Children’s Orthopedic Disorders and Cerebral Palsy

I’m conducting a free medical camp for #Childrens #Orthopedic #Disorders and #BoneDiseases , #LimbDeformities and #CerebralPalsy at #Palakkad ,#Kerala . Event is organised by #SevaBharathi .

The event will be held in the premises of Life Care Cerebral Palsy Clinic which is in centre of Palakkad town enabling easy transport to the venue.

Patients and relatives are advised to bring all old records while seeking opinion. All old x-ray, other scans and will also be needed for evaluation.

Phone number for Booking :+91-80759-21075

Contact the phone on last line of notice for appointment.
(Notice is in #Malayalam, local language of Kerala )

https://t.co/smNqhcYRRS

Free Medical Camp for Pediatric Orthopedic Disorders and Scoliosis

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DDH – Its June !! It’s Dysplasia Awareness Month

DDH otherwise called Developmental Dysplasia of Hip is a condition where the ‘ball-and-socket-joint’ of the hip is not formed well at birth. It used to be called Congenital Dislocation of Hip.

The child is born with a slightly misfitting hip joint where the ball is slightly shifted out of cup or a hip joint where the ball is completely outside the cup and cup is also very shallow. This can occur on one side or both sides.

Developmental Dysplasia of Hip – Left hip is dislocated

Why does it happen ?

Most times its ‘Idiopathic’ , a medical term which means – cause is not known. In many other patients, the child will be having one of the syndromes (a group of clinical features and disorders in other organs systems and external appearance) or neurological issues in the spine (like meningomyelocele) that also causes this. This second group is sometimes medically referred to as Teratogenic DDH and is much more difficult to treat.

We will discuss below the aspects as related to Idiopathic DDH. They don’t apply to Teratogenic or Neurological DDH.

How do we know the child has DDH ?

Most newborn screening procedures at the hospitals have doctors checking to see if the new born child has clinical signs of DDH. It is easiest to detect and treat it at that early stage.

Once a clinical suspicion of DDH is there the Neonatologist usually refers the child to a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. In addition to establishing the clinical diagnosis by physical examination, the doctor will order an x-ray and an Ultrasound Scan of the Hips to check the dislocated hips. Several measurements need to be taken and ease of dislocation need to be established under Ultrasound scan by a procedure called Dynamic -Ultrasound. The treatment starts after these are done.

In many children, the initial diagnosis may not be made in the immediate post-delivery period. Children may be brought to the OPD by parents with complaints that the thigh skin fold dont look symmetrical and the hips don’t open out fully for parents to change diapers.

In older children parents may notice a limp when the child walks or a limb length difference may also be noted with the dislocated side being shorter.

Limb Lengths may be noted to be different in DDH when child is older and walking. The limb with the dislocated hip will appear shorter.

How soon should the treatment start ?

As described in previous section, treatment should ideally start in neonatal period once the problem has been detected. After clinical examination and Ultrasound examination, your doctor will suggest usually a belt type device called Pavlik Harness to be applied on the child to keep the hip reduced inside the cup. This harness is to be worn full time. Parents are counselled on how this is applied and how the straps are tightened.

Ultrasound exam for a child with Hip and Knee dislocation

Once this harness has been applied, the hips are scanned with Ultrasound every 2 weeks to check for improvements. Ideally this has to be kept for about 3 months and taken off after the hip stabilizes inside the socket. A slow weaning period is there before the child can be fully taken off the Pavlik Harness. This is to ensure that the Ball ( head of femur ) stabilizes inside the socket (Acetabulum of Pelvis) and the hip is stable. The tissues around the hip also has to shrink and adapt to the new location of Head of Femur. Otherwise re-dislocation or partial slip (medically called subluxation) is a possibility.

In many cases the parents may not be willing for a device to be applied on the child full time post-delivery or the DDH itself may go undetected. This child eventually may be brought later in life by the parents with complaints necessitating surgical procedures.

What is the treatment options for DDH?

As previously described if the newborn is detected to have DDH the treatment is to apply Pavlik harness on the child after Ultrasound exam proves hip is reducible and stable in what is called a safe zone. Safe Zone is a zone where the position in which the harness has to be applied to the child does not compromise the blood supply the head of femur. This is very important decision to make.

Pavlik Harness for DDH hip needs to be fitted properly

Hip Spica Plaster in child with DDH

Application of Hip Spica under anesthesia in DDH

If the child is brought later in life, before 1 year, the hip has to be checked for reducibility as the tissues around the hip would have become contracted and sometimes it is difficult to reduce the hip back into the socket. Usually anaesthesia would be required and the hip once reduced back into the socket is held there by application of the plaster of paris or POP called Hip Spica. This is kept for approximately 3 months until the hip has stabilised inside. A CT scan to verify whether the hip is reduced should be done while child is in POP as slippage of the hip socket is also seen when POP cast becomes loose with time.

Surgery is the only option in older children with DDH. These range from relatively simple procedures to complex hip reconstruction procedures depending on age of the child, slope of cup, angle of rotation of the neck of the thigh bone and shape of the head. These are best evaluated as per the needs of the child.

Arthrogram for DDH

Generally these surgical procedures can be grouped into a few types :

  • Open Reduction of Hip and Capsulorraphy (medical term meaning stitching up of capsule or the covering around the joint)
    • This is basic necessity. Here the hip is reduced back into the socket and the covering, the capsule, which is loose is tightened with several sutures
  • Femur Derotation Osteotomy with shortening
    • This would involve a slight shortening of the hip bone and turning it around. The bone would then be stabilied with a metal plate and screws
    • The need for your child to have this done depends on the age of the child and the angle of the ‘neck of the femur’, something medically known as Anteversion. This procedure essentially de-rotates the femur neck and allows the head of femur (the Ball) to deeply sit inside the Acetabulum (the socket). A slight shortening of the thigh bone may be needed as the child , if old enough, would have developed tightness of the tissues and hip should be sitting inside the socket slightly loose than in tension.
  • Acetabular Osteotomy
    • In many children, when they present to the clinic their Acetabulum would be shallow and not deep enough to receive the Head of Femur. In such children deepening of the Acetabulum by a surgical procedure called Osteotomy (a type called Salter Osteotomy being the most popular) may be done.

The above procedures may be combined along with Open Reduction as the surgeon sees fit after evaulating the child. These options and its pros-and-cons would be discussed with the parents before the surgery.

What happens if we don’t treat DDH promptly ?

Best time to treat the child is in the newborn period. With time the tissues around the hip gets tighter and the bone structure of thigh bone and pelvis alters since the normal growth with moulding of the ball being inside the cup doesn’t happen.

This lack of moulding results in a shallow cup. Additionally the thigh bone’s upper end would be twisted out of shape and the ball also would be misshapen since it has not been moulded by the acetabulum.

All these result in a much more complex procedure to try and restore the hip.

Left untreated DDH causes osteoarthritis or the Hip joint and Hip pain in early adulthood often requiring complex reconstructive procedures.

It is best if the treatment is not postponed and done at the earliest.

Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month – June !!

The Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month of June is to educate parents on Hip Dysplasia and its treatment methods. We hope that parents would bring children to care centers at the earliest if suspicion of hip dysplasia is there.

For more information please visit : http://livingwithhipdysplasia.com/june/ or consult your Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Free Medical Camp for World Clubfoot Day 2018

World Clubfoot Day free medical camp concluded well and many patients had the opportunity to consult free and take advise for their child.

Attaching below is the collage .

We have a lovely Clubfoot Care team that made this event and caring for these children over team so much easier.

World Clubfoot Day with Children, Parents and Clubfoot Care Team

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World #Clubfoot Day is afoot ! – Free medical camp for children with Clubfoot

I’m organising a free medical camp on June 4th at Palakkad Cooperative Hospital, Palakkad, Kerala on World Clubfoot Day.

Please do spread the news so that anybody interested can seek care.

Attaching below is a poster in local language Malayalam.

Interested patients may contact hospital Reception on following phone numbers for registration :

+91 491 252 0391

+91 491 252 2805

+91 491 253 6293

World clubfoot day free medical camp

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Bracing and Orthotics for Clubfoot (CTEV)

Once clubfoot is corrected with Ponseti plaster application and tendoachilles tenotomy, it’s time to maintain the correction of foot till child is grown more and started walking well. There is risk of clubfoot recurring without proper bracing.

Recurrent clubfoot without bracing

Types of braces

Steinbeck device, Iowa Brace and Dobbs Brace are commonly used clubfoot Foot Abduction Orthosis.

Dobbs brace in particular has the added advantage of providing extra mobility to the child potentially improving compliance. Comparatively it’s more expensive.

Compliance

In rural India it’s especially difficult to ensure compliance to orthosis for parents as many feel clubfoot treatment finishes with Ponseti casting. Social issues and sensitivity of going out of home with brace fitted is one of the issues that makes parent fall out. Some of them don’t spend enough time learning to put it on and take it off and give up once child starts crying. It’s an easy procedure that we teach aling with nurses and orthotists to help parents during initial days.

Steinbeck braces

Clubfoot Steinbeck braces

Foot inside Steinbeck clubfoot brace

Dobbs Bracing

Dobbs brace allowing movement

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a congenital disorder of bones that has varied types and presentations. Severity varies based on the type of the genetic mutation that causes this disorder.

Regardless of the type the genetic modification cause malformed and weak bones and in some cases malformed teeth. Bone bend and deform or break easily and heals in deformed position. This results in cosmetic deformity along with issues with walking , standing for the child.

The bend of the bone if significant can cause repeated fractures either due to poor handling by caretakers or when child tries to bear weight and stand up.

Fortunately for the milder variants there’s are medications to make bones stronger and surgery to straighten bent bones. This allows child with help of walking aids and/or splints to ambulate.

For the very severe variants unfortunately clinical breakthrough is still awaited.