Questions to ask your doctor before treatment begins:

About the doctor:
  • What has your experience with clubfoot been like?

  • How many clubfoot children are you treating at the time?

  • Do you have designated clubfoot clinic days?

  • In what ways do you vary from the Ponseti Method

  • Expected treatment? And timeline?

  • How soon will we get treatment started once baby is born?

  • When is your ideal time to start the casting process of newborns?

  • Plaster or soft-roll fiberglass?

  • Do you cast or does a cast tech?

  • How much time should we reserve for a casting appt?

  • How many casts do you anticipate?

  • Do you or the parent remove the cast? How do you remove the cast?

  • If a cast slips, how soon should we get in for an appt? take off at home?

  • If I notice a swelling foot what should I do?

  • What do you recommend for the top pf the cast pinching, rubbing, or chaffing?

  • What relapse rate do you see?

  • How do you treat relapse?

  • Does my child have atypical/complex clubfoot?

  • If yes, how will the treatment plan differ now?

  • How has your experience been recognizing and treating atypical/complex clubfoot?

  • General or local anesthesia?

  • How long will the tenotomy cast stay on?

  • Why type of tenotomy do you perform?

  • What type of scar/incision can we expect?

  • How long for 23 hour wear?

  • What boots and bars do you use?

  • If your initial bar recommendation is a Ponseti bar, what is the ease of getting a Dobbs bar?

  • Does the orthotist come here, or do I have to go to the orthotists’ office?

  • How long do you anticipate my child wearing BNB?

  • What do you recommend for blisters, red spots, bruising, pressure sores, etc…?

Other:

*Disclaimer*

The information compiled is from clubfoot family experiences, and the medical community. Doctors and those in the medical field have opinions that may differ. This document is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult your doctor with questions. Every clubfoot situation and every clubfoot child's treatment plan may differ slightly.

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