A Comparison of Two Nonoperative Methods of Idiopathic Clubfoot Correction: The Ponseti Method and the French Functional (Physiotherapy) Method
B. Stephens Richards, MD; Shawne Faulks, RN, CNS; Karl E. Rathjen, MD; Lori A. Karol, MD

B.S. Richards, S. Faulks, K.E. Rathjen, and L.A. Karol reply:

We thank Ms. Issler-Wüthrich and her colleagues for their interest in our paper. We share many similar perspectives with them regarding the approach to the nonoperative treatment of clubfoot.

Beginning in 1996, Frédérique Bonnet and Alain Dimeglio were instrumental in teaching the physical therapists at our institution the correct methods of the French technique. Like Ms. Issler-Wüthrich, our physical therapists have gained a tremendous amount of experience and expertise with this method. In a similar fashion, in 1999, our medical staff learned directly from Professor Ponseti how to properly utilize his method. It is based on these solid foundations of learning that we have gained our institutional experience in both treatment techniques. …


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