Friday, May 8, 2015

The Club Foot Journey

Mr Boy's club foot was repaired at birth, but it recurred slightly by the time we moved, so last October we embarked on another season of "fixes." We've been told to anticipate the possiblity of more of these seasons in the future, but we are resting in the hope that will not be the case. 

Mr Boy had 3 casts over 6 weeks, each one turning his foot a little more outward.

After the casts, on December 16, 2014, Mr Boy had surgery to perform a tendon transfer, (drilling a hole through his foot bone and pulling one of his tendons through it to the other side so his foot will pull the other direction) and an achilles tendon lengthening to give him more range. 

Prepped and ready for surgery
2 more casts after the surgery to facilitate recovery
8 weeks later, Mr Boy got his permenant orthodic which he will wear for the forseeable future to prevent his foot from turning back inward:

Superman design
 Mr Boy started Physical Therapy shortly after his foot healed from surgery. 

Balance beam
Climbing the ladder to get toy cars hidden in the  curtain

We put a bouncy house in the basement, which has been very helpful in strengthening Mr Boy's muscles and balance.
It was purchsed strictly for theraputic reasons of course. :) 
Practicing his therapy exercises at home

Here, Mr Boy is practicing his therapy exercises (using a 2x4 as a balance beam and a cutting board on top of a pillow as a balance board, on which he throws toys into the center of the boppy pillow)

Finally conquered the chain ladder! 
Newfound bravery and confidence
Mr Boy on the balance beam at Gymnastics
Mr Boy also started Gymnastics, which he loves and will play soccer this summer!

All this therapy has been doing wonders for Mr Boy's confidence, physical strength and balance. It's been exciting to see him take charge of his own therapy and see his pride in his own accomplishments. 

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