What Doctors are Saying

MD Orthopaedics is making an impact in Clubfoot Training

Now some 60 years on, the Ponseti method has become the gold standard in clubfoot care both in the USA and abroad. The option to correct clubfoot, without surgery, has impacted countless lives.

For the Ponseti method to be effective, doctors, therapists and clinicians must be properly trained.

Early on, MD Orthopaedics identified the need to develop and provide training tools to better equip the thousands of Ponseti method practitioners working in the hospitals, clinics, and field today.

MDO Training Models in use:


  1. Ponseti Clubfoot Model

  2. Cast Application Rubber Legs

  3. Tenotomy Model

  4.  Five stage Cast Set

  5. Tenotomy Practice model

  6. Vertical Talus model

With a deep connection to Dr. Ponseti himself, MD orthopaedics has been honored to play a strategic role in this progress.

Dr. Sequeira of Nicaragua using the rubber legs to demonstrate and teach casting method in El Salvador

Here is but a small display of the organizations the MD Orthopaedics training aids have served:

  • Ponseti International

  • Global Clubfoot Initiative

  • Shriners Hospital Canada

  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Philadelphia, and Wisconsin

  • Cure International

  • Mercy Ships

  • Miracle Feet

  • University of florida

  • University of Michigan

  • University of Oklahoma

  • University of Texas

  • The Nemour Foundation

  • And many hundreds more…

What doctors are saying…

“The models are a great teaching tool, without them you just can’t teach… “

– Dr. John E. Herzenberg, MD Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD

“Absolutely fundamental to my training…
This is a superb model to demonstrate the Ponseti method technique.”

– Dr. Stephen Mannion, MD Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, CBM, NHS

“The {MD Orthopaedics} training models have been revolutionary, I carry them around in my bags now
all over the world when I go training…“

– Dr. Norgove J. Penny, MD Orthopedic Surgeon, the Pediatric Orthopedic society for Africa

“We set about training 100 people in the clubfoot method and for that we used the
{MD Orthopaedics} clubfoot models… they were just brilliant.”

– Dr. Chris Lavy, MD Senior Advisor at Cure International

“ Critical for assembling hands on workshops (no doubt the most popular events of our educational symposiums) are the physical props. Both the casting and articulated clubfoot models have been invaluable in allowing the attendees to practice clubfoot casting skills and as an aid in teaching clubfoot deformity.”

– Dr. Perry L. Schonecker, MD Senior Advisor at Cure International

Dr. Matthew B. Dobbs

Over the past ten years, I have traveled around the world organizing training courses on the Ponseti method of clubfoot management. I have held these training courses in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, South America, Russia, Canada, Mexico, as well as Europe and the Middle East. The goal of the training courses is to educate pediatric orthopedic surgeons on the principles of the Ponseti method so that they can more effectively deliver appropriate care to patients in need. Identifying champion physicians in different countries that can then continue the training of young orthopedic surgeons is what makes this sustainable.

None of this would be possible without the support of John Mitchell and all of the MD Orthopaedics staff who graciously supply both casting models and bone models, which are instrumental to the successful training of surgeons. Their generosity has aided the training of surgeons globally including those in some of the poorest regions of the world. This hands-on teaching provides the key tools that physicians need to be able to gain comfort in the casting protocol that is required to correct clubfeet without surgery. The establishment of training courses around the world has been extremely successful in helping the Ponseti method become the gold standard of treatment for clubfoot and has, without a doubt, saved tens of thousands of patients from unnecessary and risky surgery.

I cannot thank MD Orthopaedics and all of their staff enough for their kindness and true support for the mission of helping to eradicate the burden of clubfoot around the globe. I know that I will always have a trusting and caring partner in MD Orthopaedics.

– Matthew B. Dobbs, MD Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery