Free Online Course for World Clubfoot Day!

free online clubfoot course

On World Clubfoot Day we are delighted to announce that the 2017 Physiopedia MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will be on Clubfoot.  This course aims to provide a basic theoretical understanding of Clubfoot and to align global understanding of the theoretical principles underlying the management of children with Clubfoot.

Physiopedia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are collaborating for the third year running to deliver a free online course to develop knowledge of Clubfoot.  This partnership has a proven record of delivering successful online courses with previous courses totalling over 20,000 registrations.  We welcome the Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI) to this partnership for the development and delivery of this new course.

The course will provide a framework to develop theoretical principles for the management of children with Clubfoot relevant in all contexts. It will introduce the pathoanatomy, etiology and epidemiology underpinning Clubfoot, explore assessment and the roles of the multidisciplinary team, as well as provide a theoretical understanding of management techniques and related clinical considerations.  The course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants but is also relevant for other interested health care professionals such as prosthetists/orthotists, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors.  The global network formed through this course will allow for shared knowledge and experiences to support good health care and a better quality of life for children with Clubfoot around the world.

Clubfoot is a complex, congenital deformity of the foot also known as ‘congenital talipes equinovarus’ (CTEV) caused by the abnormal development of a baby’s bones, ligaments and muscles whilst in the womb.  Around the world, 150,000 – 200,000 babies with clubfoot are born each year, approximately 80% of these will be in low and middle income countries.  Without treatment, the clubfoot deformity causes a lifetime of disability as the affected individual experiences pain and difficulty in walking. Most cases of clubfoot can be successfully treated by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare workers with methods that may include a combination of stretching, casting, and bracing. The Ponseti Method, a non-surgical treatment that includes gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts and temporary bracing, is considered the “gold standard” treatment, leading to a normal, productive life. The goal of World Clubfoot Day is to raise awareness about Clubfoot disability and its prevention using the Ponseti Method, the theory of which will be covered through this free course.

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A van Rooyen
A van Rooyen
June 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

As long as this course do not teach therapists that those who relapsed did not follow bracing protocols, this could be a positive venture. However most therapists we have interviewed refuses to care for relapsed patients, or do maintenance therapy as medical aids refuses to pay for this. Patients in first world countries cannot get access to physio therapy services. How is this course going to improve the level of treatments available to patients currently? Therapists in school systems refuses to provide therapy. Does the course address these training needs? We can refer many therapists that need training, but what does the content include? If it teaches casting techniques it only includes access to the Ponseti technique not actual physical therapy services? Can you provide more information?

antoine mantumbu fukieno
antoine mantumbu fukieno
June 22, 2017 at 8:23 am

Being trained in not only the Ponceti casting method but the steenbeck fabrication with local materials, I am convinced that if we engage the mother of the child in basic physiotherapy techniques such as daily mobilisation of the knee, ankle and differents foot joints, we will not have to encounter more relapsing cases of children.
The main concern in our country- the DRC- is the most of family are not financially equipped so as to continue the treatment over a very long period of time and the training of parents is sometimes overlooked.

I hope that the upcoming training will provide us with other trustworthy skill in the management of this widespread concern.

antoine mantumbu

kelvin ng'ang'a
kelvin ng'ang'a
June 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

i have been longing for this thankyou Physiopedia and the International Committee of the Red Cross

October 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm

thankyou Physiopedia and the International Committee of the Red Cross

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