FORGET ABOUT THE GOLD STANDARD WHAT ABOUT THE GOLDEN THREAD!
The condition CTEV (Congenital Talipes Equinovarus) or commonly known as Clubfoot is a complex condition. The Golden Standard of treatment for this condition is the Ponseti method of treatment. It is a non-surgical method that is commonly used by most facilities who treats orthopedic conditions such as Shriners Hospital and Childrens. A lot of publications have hailed this treatment method as the Golden Standard of clubfoot treatments.
Although most patients and their families are especially thankful for a non-surgical intervention method to treat clubfoot they are concerned about one thing in particular : The lack of research into the origin of this condition and obvious things that has never received any attention in the past at least in terms of research publications.
Clubfoot runs like a golden thread through a number of seemingly unrelated conditions, for example: Marfan Syndrome, Arthrogryposis, Spina Bifida, Larsen's Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome and the list goes on.
Why does it show up in so many seemingly different conditions is? This question has been under discussion in the CLUBFOOT RESEARCH FORUM for more than just a number of years now. Is the condition clubfoot really just a condition of the foot or does it involve much more than just a foot? What is the typical symptoms? What other body parts are affected? Is it different between patients?....and many more questions is arising every day.
These questions above are all unique opportunities for researchers. The Clubfoot Research Foundation would like to see that the GOLDEN THREAD gets more attention from researchers in the future. A much larger broader approach is necessary to answer questions about this condition! Hopefully this GOLDEN THREAD leads to more GOLDEN treatments and solutions in the future. Can it just be the key to solve these puzzling conditions?