Clubfoot Pediatric Research and Clinical Trials

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For more than a century, orthopedic surgeons and investigators at Boston Children's Hospital have played a vital role in advancing the field of musculoskeletal research. We’ve developed breakthrough treatments and major advances for children with lower limb and hip problems, as well as for those with scoliosis, polio, tuberculosis and traumas to the hand and upper extremities.

Our pioneering research helps answer the most pressing questions in pediatric orthopedics today—to provide children with the most innovative care available.

In Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center we take great pride in our basic science and clinical research leaders, who are recognized throughout the world for their achievements. Our orthopedic research team includes:

   •   8 full-time basic scientists
   •   37 clinical investigators
   •   a team of research coordinators and statisticians

Research study on clubfoot in preliminary data-gathering stage

At Boston Children’s, we recognize that the critically-important bracing regimen, which lasts until a child is about 4 years old, poses significant challenges to both a child and his family. For example, a family may find their 2-year-old’s potty training and behavioral issues to be particularly stressful in light of the burdensome bracing regimen. To address that burden, Boston Children’s researchers are initiating a research study to try to predict which children are less likely to have problems with their feet after 2 years old and can therefore reduce or discontinue their bracing programs.

Orthopedic basic science laboratories

Some of the foremost musculoskeletal researchers in the America are making new discoveries in Boston Children’s labs, including:

   •   Orthopedic basic science research
   •   Center for the study of genetic skeletal disorders 
   •   Sports Medicine research laboratory
   •   Matthew Harris lab

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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