Use of the Foot Abduction Orthosis Following Ponseti Casts: Is It Essential?

@article{Thacker2005UseOT,
  title={Use of the Foot Abduction Orthosis Following Ponseti Casts: Is It Essential?},
  author={Mihir M. Thacker and David M Scher and Debra A. Sala and Harold J.P. van Bosse and David S. Feldman and Wallace B. Lehman},
  journal={Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics},
  year={2005},
  volume={25},
  pages={225-228}
}
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the need for the use of a foot abduction orthosis (FAO) in the treatment of idiopathic clubfeet using the Ponseti technique. Forty-four idiopathic clubfeet were treated with casting using the Ponseti method followed by FAO application. Compliance was defined as full-time FAO use for 3 months and part-time use subsequently. Noncompliance was failure to fulfill the criteria during the first 9 months after casting. Feet were rated according to the Dimeglio… 
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