We are keeping a COVID-19 operational status list of all the clubfoot clinics we work with in South Africa. In compliance with the current 21-day lockdown, only essential medical services are permitted, and many of the clinic staff are working on rotation to minimise exposure. Also, there are increased security measures at hospitals to control the number of people entering the hospital and screening.
- Some clinics are continuing casting for babies already in treatment, but will only take on new cases when the COVID-19 situation is stabilised. This is so that treatment can be assured without any interruption.
- Any standard follow-ups are discouraged, and should be done when the clinic is at full operating capacity again.
- They are also seeing patients who are going from tenotomy into the first brace.
It is important to note that Ponseti clubfoot treatment can be delayed for a while and still be done successfully.
Stretching exercises can also be done in the interim. We will post some exercises that were advised by Dr Matthew Dobbs.