Corrective Leg Braces

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My daughter has always had walking issues, it changes from her muscles and ligaments being too loose to being too tight. When she was about 3 they wanted her to try braces but then they changed their minds and went to just physiotherapy techniques and massage. Now at 7 years old however they are now reconsidering the braces (even though they still have no idea what part of her legs are the actual problem)



I am worried about school, she is quite the popular girl (totally unlike me! lol) and she is on the go (though she pays for it at night with severe leg cramps)



Has anyone had to deal with this? If you have how did you get your child through school?



She's going into grade 2 and the reccomendation to get them will be within the first few weeks in september. I had been pushing for her to get them while younger so she wouldnt have to deal with it during school.



The doctor gave her a stretching exercise for the time being, one that she does although its the same as one of the stretches that we had been asked to do for years so shes gone from four exercises down to one and I think the doctor is just reaching for straws since its supposed to improve things before the 8 weeks are up.



Is there any way I can help her get through school with these on?

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Quoting Stephanie:

Where are you from? My daughter doesn't have the same problem, but she was born with bilateral club foot. We were sent to a few different childrens hospitals in TX and I wasn't very pleased. Then I contacted Shriners in Shreveport, La and I love it. My daughter actually just had her second surgery today and is doing great. There are a few of these hospitals throught the USA and if they are anything like here its wonderful. The doctors, nurses, and all the other staff is so great. They specialize in things like that though. It is a free hospital and they will ever provide transportation. If you haven't checked into something like that you should, they might have a different option for you that would better suit you and your daughter.



We live in Ontario Canada. I'm actually relieved that surgery has never been mentioned (due to them just not knowing where the problem is)



 



The doctors and staff are pretty nice, though the ones we end up with look at me like I'm crazy at times (they can't figure out the problem so they seem to think I over inflate the problem or just make things up)



When we see a doctor for the first time she acts really silly so they don't get a good view of her walking, we even have physiotherapists that visit schools here but they will only see her once or twice without me there and will close her file thinking she can get through a regular school day.



 



I just hope all the friends she made last year don't tease her this year, shes just getting into phase where kids do that to each other.

Stephanie - posted on 08/06/2009

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Where are you from? My daughter doesn't have the same problem, but she was born with bilateral club foot. We were sent to a few different childrens hospitals in TX and I wasn't very pleased. Then I contacted Shriners in Shreveport, La and I love it. My daughter actually just had her second surgery today and is doing great. There are a few of these hospitals throught the USA and if they are anything like here its wonderful. The doctors, nurses, and all the other staff is so great. They specialize in things like that though. It is a free hospital and they will ever provide transportation. If you haven't checked into something like that you should, they might have a different option for you that would better suit you and your daughter.

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