Guiding Parents through Clubfoot Treatment

Event Date:

Dec 6, 2020 • 2:00 PM – 6:05 PM EST

A clubfoot diagnosis can be upsetting to parents even though it is reversible with proper treatment. The physician leads parents through the casting and tenotomy procedures, but after correction has been achieved, parents are often sent home with foot abduction orthosis (FAO – commonly known as boots-and-bar, BnB, or the Mitchell boot), but sometimes with little information or support on how to use it. This can leave parents feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of managing the remainder of their child’s care alone, and without any idea of where to turn for help.

This event brings well-known medical professionals and experienced clubfoot parents together to focus on bridging this communication gap. By combining the expertise of the medical community with first-hand parental experience, we hope to lay the foundation for a comprehensive care model that will equip parents with the information, resources, and support they need to be successful with the bracing phase of treatment.


Dr. Matthew Dobbs

Director of the Dobbs Clubfoot Center at the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida

Karen Moss

Founder and Executive Director of STEPS Charity, South Africa

Michelle Hall


Rosalind Owen

Senior Physiotherapist and Executive Director of Global Clubfoot Initiative

Dr. Alison Schiffern

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St Paul, MN

Maureen Hoff

Clubfoot parent, advocate and MDO Brand Ambassador

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine & lerEXPO

MD Orthopaedics




Clinician’s Perspective: Ponseti Method Remains the Gold Standard for Clubfoot Management—There are no Shortcuts

December 06, 2020, 02:00 PM – 02:15 PM EST(-05:00)
Dr. Matthew Dobbs
This segment will focus on the Ponseti Method, specifically the casting and tenotomy phases of treatment. Dr. Dobbs will explain why it remains the gold standard treatment for clubfoot and review any new developments in clubfoot treatment


Clubfoot Expert Panel Discussion

December 06, 2020, 02:15 PM – 03:15 PM EST(-05:00)
Rosalind Owen, Michelle Hall, Dr. Alison Schiffern, Maureen Hoff, Karen Moss, Dr. Matthew Dobbs, Richard Dubin



December 06, 2020, 03:15 PM – 03:25 PM EST(-05:00)
MD Orthopaedics


Parent’s Perspective: The Role of Parents in the Clubfoot Journey

December 06, 2020, 03:25 PM – 03:40 PM EST(-05:00)

Karen Moss
This segment will focus on the parental experience with clubfoot, especially the orthosis or bracing phase of treatment. Karen will share her experiences as a clubfoot parent and advocate and discuss the importance of emotional support and positive reinforcement for parents on preventing recurrence during the FAO phase.


Clubfoot Expert Panel discussion

December 06, 2020, 03:40 PM – 04:40 PM EST(-05:00)
Michelle Hall, Dr. Alison Schiffern, Dr. Matthew Dobbs, Karen Moss, Maureen Hoff, Rosalind Owen, Richard Dubin


Orthotist’s Perspective: Proper Fit of Clubfoot Foot Abduction Orthosis (FAO)—Challenges and Solutions

December 06, 2020, 04:50 PM – 05:05 PM EST(-05:00)
Michelle Hall
This segment will focus on practical tips and advice for using the FAO – how to put it on, how to ensure proper fit, and what to look for that may indicate the need for adjustment or replacement. Michelle will bring her years of experience working with overwhelmed parents to the discussion to help make the orthosis (or BnB) phase easier for parents to ​understand, and to address any issues as they arise.


Clubfoot Expert Panel Discussion

December 06, 2020, 05:05 PM – 06:05 PM EST(-05:00)
Maureen Hoff, Karen Moss, Dr. Matthew Dobbs, Dr. Alison Schiffern, Michelle Hall, Rosalind Owen, Richard Dubin

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