Iowa Brace

The Iowa Brace

The Iowa Brace is designed to comfortably and effectively prevent recurrence of clubfoot deformity following treatment with the Ponseti method.

What Iowa Brace is and who is it for?

The brace consists of a pair of specially designed shoes, each fastened to a plastic platform, which is then attached to the ends of a detachable positioning bar.
The platforms and bar are injection molded of fiber-reinforced nylon, making them lightweight, safe for use with children, nearly indestructible, potentially reusable, and relatively low-cost.

Although the platforms are identical, the design allows them to:

  • Be used with either the right or left foot;
  • Hold the foot at an angle of either 60 degrees (clubfoot) or 30 degrees (normal foot);
  • Accommodate different size shoes as the child grows; and
  • Be easily detached from the positioning bar.

A soft, molded insert holds the child’s foot inside the shoe and helps prevent skin irritations.
A padded tongue and fabric straps assure comfort and prevent skin problems. The open-toe design allows for growth between changes in shoe size.

Other important features of the Iowa brace include:

  • Use of state-of-the-art breathable materials to control heat build-up and the resulting discomfort and skin irritation;
  • Available in twelve sizes, US children’s size 000 to US children’s size 9;
  • Shoes are delivered with an appropriately-sized platform, which is easily reversible to standard angles of either 30 degrees (non-clubfoot side) or 60 degrees (clubfoot side), accommodating right, left, or bilateral clubfoot conditions;
  • Positioning bars have a built-in angle of 15 degrees of dorsiflexion on each end and are provided in one of three lengths, depending on the size of the shoes:
    Sizes 000 through 3 = 8 inch bar
    Sizes 4 through 6 = 10 inch bar
    Sizes 7 through 9 = 12 inch bar
  • Ease by which parents can put on and take off the brace;
  • Release button which is not easily activated by young patients;
  • Good soil resistance and ease of cleansing.


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Clubfoot Solutions, Inc, is a 501© non-profit Iowa-based organization with the mission to facilitate the manufacture and global distribution of the Iowa Brace so that children everywhere can successfully complete Ponseti clubfoot treatment method and lead normal, disability-free lives.

Exclusive distributor for Iowa Brace in Europe:
Ortopedia S.T.O. in Turin, Italy