Skip to main content

Table 2 Characteristics of patients treated with a foot abduction brace (FAO) either exclusively until the end of treatment or follow-up (FAO only), or who were began on or switched to a lower leg orthosis (FAO > LLO)

From: Is unilateral lower leg orthosis with a circular foot unit in the treatment of idiopathic clubfeet a reasonable bracing alternative in the Ponseti method? Five-year results of a supraregional paediatric-orthopaedic centre

Characteristic FAO only FAO > LLO
No. patients (feet) 23 (40) 22 (35)
Sex, female/male 10/13 6/16
Unilateral/ bilateral affected patients 6/17 9/13
Age at beginning of cast treatment, weeks (range) 3.7 (0.3–22.7) 5.1 (0.3–40.3)
Pre-treated feet, n 15 (38%) 16 (44%)
Initial Pirani score (range) 4.9 (1–6) 4.8 (1.5–6)
Mean wearing time, months per foot: FAO/LLO 40.9/− 8.1/30.7
Follow-up period, years (range) 8.4 (5.0–11.6) 8.0 (5.0–11.3)
Second series of casting/second tenotomy Achilles tendon, patients (feet) 1 (1) 0
Surgery because of relapse (retenotomy of Achilles tendon, soft tissue and bony procedures), patients (feet) 3 (3) 3 (3)