Tendon release

After seven pairs of casts we took June in for x-rays to see how the structure of her feet had progressed under the casting treatment. Much to our disappointment, though she’d done well, her Achilles tendons hadn’t stretched to the point where our doctor would’ve been happy to just move on to the next stage…

Insurance company is as insurance company does…

The last thing any family dealing with any health issue needs are insurance troubles, but it seems everyone has had, at one time or another, dealt with insurance roadblocks on the path to recovery. As much as I’d hoped to be the exception, our family was not.  To make things short, our baby June was…

A very merry clubfoot Christmas!

For me the holidays always seem to oscillate fairly dramatically from being the most charming, camera-worthy, memory-making moments of our lives to being just pressure-filled, forced-festive moments. This year was no exception, Christmas and New Year’s Eve showed up with their bipolar personalities that we were looking forward to and dreading at the same time….

To keep the casts or not?

The first time we took June to have her casts removed the technician asked if we wished to keep the casts. I was appalled, keep the casts?! A permanent reminder of this experience I would do anything to not have? To look at the devices that caused my baby frustration and us so much stress and…

Removing the first casts

Some twenty years ago I broke my arm after disobeying my mother and jumping on (then falling off) the couch. Though I wasn’t sure how the technology had changed in the decades that had passed, I still recalled the spinning wheel of doom that scared me senseless as my cast was cut off. Though I…

Adjustments for casts

Life with a baby in clubfoot casts require some adjustments. Here are our list of tips for adjustments that will help baby (and you!): Taking baby home for the first time with casts is very tricky as your carseat may no longer be comfortable for baby. Our daughter screamed her little lungs out as we…

The first appointment: a step in the right direction 

When our baby, June, was 17 days old we took her to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Though barely over two weeks of age, June was already older than other babies going in for their first clubfoot treatment– with this particular medical challenge the sooner treatment starts, the better. The appointment did not start…

The Wait

Our baby, June, had her first appointment with a specialist in pediatric orthopedics in two weeks time from the first visit with our general/family pediatrician. During that time, we had nothing more to do than wait, though we were anything but patient, and did anything and everything but simply “wait”. This, in my limited experience…

It’s clubfoot, so now what?

For first time parents who are not accustomed to seeing newborn babies, turned-in feet don’t often sound the alarm; in fact, when I first saw my daughter’s feet I didn’t realize that there was anything unusual about them! There are so many things that normally change in  baby’s appearance after birth– sometimes babies are born…