Heather - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
my son was born with club feet. They used casts to correct the position, which worked great, and they did a minor surgery on his ankle to release the achilles tendon (on both feet) That stage was fine, but the next has been a nightmare... the horrible "boots and bars" stage.
They gave us the boots and bar and told us at first that he was to wear them for 23 hours a day. Well, we were lucky to manage 2 or 3 hours a day, cuz he fought them, and cried non-stop. (my baby hardly ever cries, hes the best natured baby ever) He was getting so frustrated cuz he couldnt move each leg on its own... and now that hes older they're saying to keep it on at night time..
Well we couldnt keep the stupid thing on at all... after many arguments and pleaadings with doctors, we got them to order us in from the states whats known as the dobbs brace.. its different from the traditional bar in that baby can move each foot on its own... which helps his mood when hes awake cuz at least he can play around on the floor without a problem. But now that they want him only to sleep in it, guess what.... he won't!!!!!!!!! I spent nearly 2 hours trying to get him to sleep in it, and when i took it off, in less than 2 minutes he was asleep. I don't know what to do!! The doctor doesnt want him in it during the day, he wants him to get his excercise, and he won't sleep in it.. when does that leave???
Does anyone know of ANY OTHER way to maintain the corrected position of club feet????? Plllleeeeeaaaaaseeeee someone help me!!!!!!!