||[Jan. 7th, 2006|07:45 pm]
Clubfoot Discussion Community
Hey everyone. I know the community hasn't has a post in months, but I figured I'd post anyway. :) (ps - lol after reading this posts it sounds very whiny, I'm just trying to describe my situation but it comes out as a pity post.)|
I'm 16 years old (female!) and I was born with.. um.. lol, I don't know the technical term, but club foot on both my feet. They were really bad, and according to my dad, my feet were basically black and looked like a clenched fist. I was born early, as well.
I've had 11 surgeries so far, and I've had hundreds of casts put on my feet over 16 years. I remember one surgery when I was 8 where I had to get a new cast twice a week for 6 months. x.x
My feet are still really bad (I have a limp & I can't walk any 'extra' walking, as in something after school, without risking having to miss a day of school on account of not being able to walk.) and I'm going for my 12 surgery in April. The last time I went to the doctor, we found out that my bones were very mishapen and they were preventing my foot from moving up & down correctly, so they're going to remove a certain degree of bone from my foot in hopes it will help with the limp.
I hope it does, I want to get into theater and I've been having a hard time keeping roles because my limp gets very bad after standing for a while. Plus it would be nice to not get made fun of for my limp. x.x Or have every teacher ask me at least 4 times a year if "everything is okay at home" or if I twisted my ankle. I know they're just concerned, but it kind of sucks when I try to tell them it's just how I walk and they don't really believe me.
I'm kind of.. frustrated with all the club foot information I find on the internet, though. Most of it says that the club foot will be corrected in the first few years with casting & surgery and the child will walk normally but that isn't the case with me. It makes me feel sad, because I really would've loved to have a much more active childhood. I tried ballet for a few months, but I wouldn't be able to walk at all between classes (I would have a class on Tuesday and couldn't walk until the next Tuesday) so I quit. I did softball for a season but my doctor told me I couldn't because it was putting too much stress on my feet.
Anyway, I'm really glad I found this community, because I've never seen one like this before. I hope it becomes more active!