Lisa - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )
I am new to this group and joined hoping this is where parents with children who have club foot can chat about their exoeriences and offer any "tips" that they may have with thier children who have club foot.
Anna was born on November 15th, 2008 and was born with a club foot on her right foot.
We knew ahead of time that she had the club foot as it was picked up at my second ultrasound while I was pregnant. Two days after Anna was born a cast was placed on her club foot - we go once a week to have the cast changed. During the first casting she did get a sore close to the ankle of her foot from the cast, so the dr decided to let her foot have a "break" from the cast for the next week so the sore would heal. Over the Christmas holidays (2 weeks) Anna didn't have the casts on as the clinic was cloded during that time for the holidays and she wouldn't have been able to have the cast changed once a week. During this time I saw a completly differnt baby. She slept longer in the nights, she spent more time awake, happy and alert and was not as "fussy" as she is with the casts. I feel sorry for her because I know that the casts must irritate her and make her feel uncomfortable. She will need the casts for another 4 to 6 weeks, and then she will need to wear a brace for 23 hrs a day for 3 months and then wear the brace for 12 hrs a day possibly until she is 3 or 4 years old.
If anyone would like to chat about your experiences or have any tips for once Anna gets into the brace that would be great.