DUHS establishes Ponseti Club Foot Clinic

KARACHI: Foot deformities are very common in newborn children as globally 250,000 children are affected from congenital deformities. The large number of congenital deformities occur in Africa followed by Asia. This deformity is more in boys as compared to girls.

The majority of foot deformity can be treated without operation ie Ponseti method which is cost effective method. This was informed by Prof Noor Elahi, Ex-Professor, Dow Medical College, Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS, Prof Rana Qamar, Prof Sarwar and Dr Nusrat during inaugural ceremony of Ponseti Club Foot Clinic at Ojha Campus.

Prof Noor Elahi said that this dedicated work should be carried on. He appreciated the efforts of Prof Masood Hameed for the new developments. Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Dr Rana Qamar and Dr Sarwar paid rich tribute to Prof Noor Elahi who always taught his students with full dedication and honesty. He said that teachers are the mentors and they feel happy to see their students excel. He stressed that younger generation should learn more from the experiences of their teachers.

Dr Nusrat said that the majority of clubfeet can be corrected in infancy in about six to eight weeks with the proper gentle manipulations and plaster casts. The treatment is based on a sound understanding of the functional anatomy of the foot and of the biological response of muscles, ligaments and bone to corrective position changes gradually obtained by manipulation and casting.

He further said that the manipulative treatment of clubfoot deformity is based on the inherent properties of the connective tissue, cartilage, and bone, which respond to the proper mechanical stimuli created by the gradual reduction of the deformity. The inaugural ceremony was attended by senior faculty members and orthopaedic surgeons.

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