Infants with idiopathic clubfoot treated using the Ponseti method achieved independent walking approximately 2 months later compared with infants without clubfoot deformity, according to study results.
Researchers evaluated 94 patients with idiopathic clubfoot who were full-term at birth, were no more than 12 weeks of age at the start of treatment, had received no prior outside treatment and were followed for a minimum of 24 months.
Study results showed patients began walking independently at a mean age of 14.5 months, and 90% of patients were walking without assistance by 18 months. Compared with patients with very severe clubfoot deformity, patients with moderate or severe clubfoot deformity began walking earlier.
The researchers also found patients who relapsed before learning to walk began walking later vs. patients who did not relapse.
The onset of walking was not significantly influenced by other patient- and treatment-related variables, according to the researchers.
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