A new year and a new worry for me. Erin has had a wonky / bendy foot since she started to walk and as soon as the DDH was diagnosed and treatment was started I rightly focused on her hip. I believed that the wonky foot and toes gripping the floor was how she compensated for her hip. However recently her foot has began to worry me once again. Both the rheumatologist and her orthopeadic consultant have diagnosed metatarsus adductus both have said it’s mild and it would resolve. However much of what I’ve read said it would resolve by three – I guess for Erin this would be later as her walking and mobility is a good year behind her peers.
I think her bendy foot must hamper her walking and especially her gait. I worry that she has learnt to walk badly and this will be hard to undo. She is hypermobile and these joint problems just add to the difficulties she has.
Metatarsus adductus occurs in about 1 in 1000 births and is the most common foot deformity, its prevalence in children with DDH is about 15% so I get there is a link. I don’t think I’ll ever stop worrying about Erin, about DDH and about walking. It has changed my outlook on everything. She also has such diddy feet, she is only a size 5.5 which is so small compared to her friends and even her cousin who is 15 months younger than her.
I know that Erin is one tough cookie but I would just like a nice quiet year for her. It doesn’t seem too much to ask for.