A long time ago Erin couldn’t walk. She was desperately late to walk and I at times wondered whether she would ever walk. That might sound dramatic and it is but when you are the mum of a 2o month old that still hasn’t taken those steps you imagine all sorts. When I first sought treatment I thought she might need some magic shoes. I thought something as simple as the right shoes might get her vertical. I looked at peidros and wondered whether they would hold the answer. Obviously the reality was very different when Erin was diagnosed with DDH that the GP and health visitors had missed since birth.
We are now 22 months post spica and still Erin struggles with walking any great distance. She is getting stronger but still needs some extra support, therefore the physio had referred Erin to podiatry. Today was that appointment. Erin was firstly assessed by the podiatrist by him watching her walk up and down a corridor. His words were were ‘oh bless her she is all over the place isn’t she’ By that he meant that she crashed into both of the walls and took a stumble as she walked. He then got Erin to run, she did this once then refused to do it again saying she was tired. He asked her to hop and she proudly hopped on her left foot. She was then asked to hop on her right which she can’t do. That is her weak side. Back in the room he looked at the anatomy of her foot. Thankfully that all seems to be growing and developing correctly. The metatarsus abductus seems to be under control because it is flexible and her foot can be put into the correct position. Her ankle is very bendy which is why her gait is all over the place.
It was decided that yes Erin would benefit from some orthotics. The podiatrist disappeared with her shoes and came back with some insoles that are popped into her shoes. They will hold her ankles in better positions, Again we went into the corridor to repeat the previous assessments. It was quite surprising to see that she walked straighter and taller immediately. She did not crash into the walls. This time she marched down the corridor.
The insoles are dinky, discreet little things that are popped inside her shoes. As the picture shows, Erin is rather hard wearing on her kickers – evidence that she takes more tumbles than average! They are truly battered up!
I am hoping that these will help her gait but also stop the general aches and pains that she has. We are back in six weeks for a check up and to see how she is getting on.
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