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Club foot troubles

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Dawn Sihlis, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Dawn Sihlis

    Dawn Sihlis Guest


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    I am 43 years old, live in Canada. I was born with a club foot, (left side) had three seperate surgeries and several castings and bracings in between. I have managed rather well through life as far as dealing with the lack of mobility in the foot and the fact that it is 2 sizes smaller and my leg is 3/4 inch shorter on that side as well. Recently in the past year, I have noticed swelling every night around my ankle and have developed arthitis in my foot, knee and hip on my right side. I have developed more additional weakness and have trouble walking now. I used to be very active and compensated very well for this condition. I have had orthodics, but now the Orthodist has recommended a fusion on the ankle or a brace to prevent any more movement of the foot. He wants to completely immobilize my foot to stop further damage to the cartilage and bones. I decided to go for the brace at his point, so I can at least remove it is I have to wear certain shoes or boots. I also curl at a compettitive level and don't want to stop that, I need my foot for this, are there other alternatives and will wearing the brace 90% of the time help for times when I am not wearing it? Is this problem inevitably going to get worse?
     
  2. teresa A

    teresa A New Member

    im 22 yrs old and i was born with clubfeet. not only do i have pain in my feet but also in my knees and hips. did u always have that pain???
     
  3. LunaLovegood

    LunaLovegood New Member

    I'm 15, and I've got bilateral club feet. I've had 5 surgeries on each foot now, plus castings. I also wear braces all the time (except for at night, I started refusing to wear my night braces when I was six or seven). Yah, I think pain is just something that comes with clubfoot. Despite all my surgeries, I'm still in tons of pain, but I just ignore it. Sometimes I can't though, that's when I get the muscle spasms, and I have to use my crutches to help me walk.

    I don't think there's really much of an alternative to the braces, but then again, I never asked, I've always worn braces (or casts), so it would feel weird if I went around for a day with something else.
     
  4. chasemom

    chasemom New Member

    my son is 16 and was also born with clubfeet he has the some problem as you but also has back pain also we as parents has done everything we can last surgery was to help with the pain but did not we are now going to look into pain management last thing to try going in july i do feel for you it is hard to see him hurt so bad but he keeps on going not letting others know how bad he really hurts
     
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