Monday, May 12, 2008

Club Foot Schedule of Events

So after our little bundle of joy is done cooking, here is the schedule of appointments and surgeries that will take up our lives for the next 4 years:

1 week after birth: Initial orthopedic appointment to get fiber optic casts put on both feet and legs (upto the groin).

Once a week for 4 weeks following: Cast removal and change of cast.

Week 5: Remove casts and have surgeon determine whether baby falls into one of three categories:

  • 5 % at this stage are CURED, no more casts etc.

  • 5 % at this stage have no difference in the feet, massive surgery necessary.

  • 90 % (most likely for our kiddo) the collagen has changed but the achilles tendon is still in the clubbed feet position thus making it tough for him to turn his feet upwards (necessary for walking). Will require cutting of the achilles tendon, then 3 months of a cast while waiting for new achilles tendon to grow.

Month 5: Cast for achilles tendon removed, shoe and bar braces are introduced. For 3 months baby will wear the braces for 23 hours out of the day.

Month 8: Brace time is reduced to only during sleep and naptime. This continues until about age 4 with regular checkups to see progress of collagen and achilles tendon.

Year 4: Braces are removed and babies feet are totally normal, can't tell difference b/w them and a non-club footed 4 year old.

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