Mark Eltringham, MBBCh (Rand), FCS(SA)Orth – Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon – who did his Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
He is a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, treating all manner of Orthopaedic complaints in childhood, including congenital problems like:
His other area of expertise lies in limb reconstruction – in children and adults – which includes complex deformity correction, whether congenital or acquired, as well as mal – and non-unions.
According to the American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “Clubfoot is a deformity in which an infant’s foot is turned inward, often so severely that the bottom of the foot faces sideways or even upward. Approximately one infant in every 1,000 live births will have clubfoot, making it one of the more common congenital (present at birth) foot deformities.“
The Ponseti Method for the treatment of clubfoot is a conservative and manipulative method that is non-operative.
The Ponseti method is now the international standard of best practice for clubfoot treatment. At over 95% effective this method uses a series of casts, gentle manipulation and the use of a special brace. The Ponseti Method is the most cost effective treatment with no side effects. It should be started soon after birth as in infants this method takes about 4-6 weeks of plaster casts, changed weekly