We are an international group of more than 250 orthopedic surgeon volunteers who participate and fulfill the goals of our mission.
The selected countries have been based upon an identified need of the regional population with a critical mass of patients with deformities requiring treatment. We typically provide service to one community annually to maximize continuity of care and sustainability.
The team includes 6 surgeons, two of whom are regional orthopedic leaders. During the visits, all the volunteer surgeons are responsible not only for patient care but also for the education of 25 orthopedic surgeons who attend the intense one-week program in order to maximize the potential for the future care of patients with similar deformities in their region.
The Need for Education and Surgery
The need for both the care of children and adults with disabling foot and ankle deformities as well as the education of orthopedic surgeons worldwide is clear. Our goal is to continue with surgery, teaching, and education, but to focus this in countries where we perceived the need to be greatest.
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Dr. mark myerson
Founder, CEO of Steps2Walk
What we do at Steps2Walk
Humanitarian foot & ankle surgeries targeting countries and individuals with the greatest needs and fewest resources.
To perform surgical care of disabling foot and ankle deformities in under-served regions of the world, while simultaneously educating orthopedic surgeons in various treatment alternatives. We believe that surgeon education will ultimately translate into helping thousands of people worldwide.
Our vision is a world where orthopedic foot and ankle care is available to everyone in every region of the world. The expanded goal of Steps2Walk is to specifically focus on humanitarian foot and ankle care in countries where the need is the greatest, where resources are few.
The story of Steps2walk
Steps2Walk was developed and chartered as a non profit (501)(c)(3) corporation by Dr. Mark Myerson in 2000. He was responding to the ongoing need for education and training of international foot and ankle surgeons who had little access to ongoing and advanced training in the specialty.
Simultaneously, although Dr. Myerson and his colleagues participated in various humanitarian programs abroad by performing surgery and teaching, Dr. Myerson recognized that this model was not sustainable since at best, they could treat only 25 patients per program visit. However, by training hundreds of surgeons we could ultimately help many thousands.
What Are Our Goals
We have identified the volunteer orthopedic surgeons who will participate in the achievement of our mission, as well as the sites globally. We will expand the scope of this practice by adding new countries every year as our resources grow. We believe passionately in the need to change the lives of individuals in the world through surgical intervention.
The expanded goal of Steps2Walk is to specifically focus on humanitarian foot and ankle care in countries where the need is the greatest and the resources are few. While we are able to provide surgical care to an individual, improving his/her ability to stand and walk and enabling them to become an independent contributing member of society, we believe that the real and sustaining solution is to teach and train in-country surgeons and thereby multiply orthopedic care worldwide. Our vision is a world where orthopedic foot and ankle care is available to everyone in every region of the world.
Our work changes lives, gives hope, and has a long-lasting impact but it is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Their interest in caring for these disabled patients who come to us looking for an end to their suffering and poor quality of life is inspiring, and we are deeply grateful for their support. Thank you to our sponsors. We are grateful to have you and applaud your generosity.