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[Jan. 7th, 2006|07:45 pm]
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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!




[User Picture]From: saturn939
2006-01-08 07:29 am (UTC)

I get frustrated with my foot, too, and also walk with a limp.

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[User Picture]From: nostalgiatopia
2009-12-17 08:52 pm (UTC)
I know you posted this a few years ago... but I have a clubfoot, and I also want to get into theatre. Have things gotten better for you?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-01-04 04:58 pm (UTC)

club feet

heya my name is lauren and im 15 yrs old :) Me and My Twin sister Were Born With ClubFeet (On Both Feet)And We Suffer Very Bad Pain Too. Even In School After Walking Frm One Class To The Other We Do Be Nearly Crying With Pain ... Then We End Up Missing School For A Week Or Two Coz We Cant even Walk and Then The School Doesnt Understand The Pain We Go Through.. We Have Missed So much school Since september because of this. I Hav Tryed Evry Painkiller But Nothing Works and the curculation in our feet is terrible... they are always freezing.Im Not even going On In School Because of the Pain... So Im Going To Beauty College Dis Year so hopefully my feet will be alot better and i will be sitting down more doing this. if anyone else suffers pain like me please get in touch with me. x
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