Health Worker Spotlight: A Physiotherapist in Cambodia Gives Hope to a 6-Month-Old Suffering from Clubfoot
Step 1: Ms. Sokunthy meets with her 6-month-old male patient, Meth Panhasak, who suffers from clubfoot and conducts an assessment of his performance.
Step 2: Ms. Sokunthy performs a manipulation technique to try and correct his bilateral foot deformities.
Step 3: Ms. Sokunthy and her co-worker apply serial castings to Meth's feet and legs to help maintain the corrected positions.
Step 4: The serial casting is cut off to open and check for any signs of pressure on the toes.
Step 5: After casting for 10 minutes, Ms. Sokunthy then checks for pressure signs on the toes.
Step 6: Once the casting is complete, Ms. Sokunthy provides leaflets and explains the home exercise program to his fater before he is discharged.
Step 7: Ms. Sokunthy then visits the home to follow up with the parents and ensure the implementation of the home exercise program and to check on Meth's progress.
This manipulation and immobilization procedure is repeated every 1 to 2 weeks for 2 to 4 months, moving the foot a little closer toward a normal position each time. Some children have enough improvement that the only further treatment needed is to keep the foot in the corrected position by splinting it as it grows. Read more about the rehabilitation center.
Photos by Phan Hiep