Questions To Ask Your Doctor
Prior To Starting Club Foot Treatment
(Use these questions to assess a Doctor in determining if they are best suited for you and your child’s treatment)How many clubfoot children are you treating at the time? __________________________
How were you taught to treat club foot? __________________________
Did you apprentice alongside another Doctor specifically for the treatment of club foot?
If yes, who? __________________________
What was their experience treating club foot? __________________________
What has the outcome been of those who you have treated for club foot?
Are they pain free? __________________________
What if your relapse rate? __________________________
Do you have designated club foot clinic days? Yes or No
Is yes, what are they? __________________________
What are the hours? __________________________
What method of treatment do you follow for the treatment of club foot?
Ponseti French Functional Cunningham Brace
(Ponseti Method only: Do you vary from the Ponseti Method?
If yes, how & why? __________________________
What method do you use to score the severity of the clubfoot? (Circle one)
Piranri Method or Dimeglio/Bensahel Method
Expected treatment length for typical club foot cases?
And timeline? __________________________
How soon will my child start treatment? __________________________
When is your ideal time to start the casting process of newborns?
If not right away, what are you’re requirements?
Weight? __________________________ Age? __________________________
Do you use plaster or soft-roll fiberglass? (Circle one)
Plaster or Soft-roll fiberglass
Who casts my child? (Circle one)
The Doctor or A Casting Teach
How long can you expect each casting appointment to take?
How many casts do you anticipate? __________________________
Do you or I (the parent) remove the cast? __________________________
How do you remove the cast? __________________________
If a cast slips, how soon should we get in for an appt? __________________________
Do we take it off at home? __________________________
If I notice a swelling foot what should I do? __________________________
What do you recommend for the top of the cast pinching, rubbing, or chaffing? _______________________________________________________________________
Do you preform your tenotomies under general or local anesthesia? (circle one)
General or Local anesthesia or Nothing
How long do you keep the children you treat in their post-tenotomy cast? __________________________
Why type of tenotomy do you perform? __________________________
What type of scar/incision can we expect? __________________________
What type of stitches do you use? __________________________
How long for 23 hour wear? __________________________
What boots and bars do you use? __________________________
If your initial bar recommendation is a Ponseti (stationary) bar, what is your view of using a Dobbs bar?
Does the orthotist come here (to the Doctor’s office), 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…? __________________________________________________________________________________________
What relapse rate do you see of your patients? __________________________
How do you treat relapse? __________________________
What are your fees? __________________________
Per appointment: ___________________ Per cast: ___________________
Per cast removal: __________________ Tenotomy: ___________________
Boots: ___________________ Bar: ___________________
Follow up Appointments: ___________________
(or) Total Cost: ___________________
How do you feel about additional therapies: stretches, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, kinesiotaping? _________________________________________________________________________________________
Do you offer any parent support programs for club foot families? ________________________________________________________________________________________
***These questions are offered as a guide and are not completely inclusive all the questions you should ask your doctor. Choosing your doctor is your decision and The Clubfoot Store takes no responsibility for your choices or decisions based on the answers to these questions. Use this guide at you own risk.
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