Something a little different, sandals created for untreated club feet

Leonel is a delightful gentleman who was born with club feet. This is a relatively common birth defect occurring in every 1000 births. With treatment, the vast majority recover completely during early childhood and are able to walk and participate in athletic activities. Unfortunately Leonel was not treated, and did not attend school due to his club feet. We took him to an orthopedic Dr who said there was nothing that could be done. I sent an e mail to my contacts and the talented Richard Parnell kindly offered to make some customized sandals in the USA, with the help of Ruth Jansen’s casting expertise. Dave O’Brien and Elaine Toper supported the transportation of the casts and sandals.Wilmer helped bring Leonel from his home to ours for the casting and fitting. Leonel has now had the sandals eight months and is thrilled with them. He walks on inclined dirt roads from his home, 5km to visit his family in a nearby town! What an impact on his life. Thanks Richard and the team that made this possible.

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