Like many twins, my boys were pretty squished in utero. One sprawled out and took up as much space as he could. The other twin was curled in a ball in the lower left quadrant pressed against my pelvis. Right from the moment they started moving, my boys showed their distinct personalities. Unfortunately, one side effect of their positioning is that one was born with Club Foot. *There are a lot of theories about how Club Foot is caused. Some say genetics, some say it’s random, and others say it’s positioning.* I despise the term “Club Foot” because it sounds like a horrific deformation. His left foot turned in at about a 45 degree angle (considered a less severe case) and began treatment at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at 4 weeks old (gestational 36 weeks).
Our journey with a Club Foot diagnosis
|12 days old – you can see how his little foot turns in|
For the first visit to Sick Kids, he went in an ambulance in his incubator with my husband. They made the long journey (2 hours each way), waited for him to be seen and then journeyed back to our local hospital. That started the process of weekly visits to Sick Kids for his foot to be set and re casted. This picture shows his little cast. While it broke my heart to see him in the cast, he didn’t know any different and we were amazed by his resiliency and his strength! It wasn’t long before he was lifting the cast up without any problem (which must have weighed so much to those little legs).
|6 weeks old – taking a nap in the change table|
|Rocking his brace in the swing|
|3.5 months old|