Matthew had physio yesterday. I could barely contain myself. I was so anxious to see if Steve saw what I thought I was seeing.
It took about a minute for Steve to look at me and say "His foot feels really good"
I had been hoping the tape would help. I had thought his foot felt looser then a week ago. Every day I stretched it, I thought it was looser. But I was scared to place so much hope on a few strips of carefully placed tape. Until now.
And his talus is back into place. I had to look hard to even find it.
All fantastic news.
But (isn't there always a but?) he is still supinated while walking, even with the tape on, worse with the tape off. That supination will only lead to the talus wanting to protrude, and eventually decreased dorsiflexion.
And the other problem. After a week of taping, his skin is starting to get very sensitive. Tape removal yesterday was painful and his skin looked almost like it was covered in hives afterwards.
We discussed actual kinesio tape which is easier on the skin, but Steve feels it won't hold his foot. The elasto tape he is using is stronger. He doubled up the under tape hoping for a bit of relief for the skin, but I have a feeling this is our next hurdle. Steve said I might be able to find a de adhesive spray. I have used it before to remove heart monitor leads from the kids after surgery (and NICU stays) but not sure if I can find some at a drug store. Will have to call around.
And now I am conflicted. This may be the answer to stopping the casting this time. But I am worried about the supination and the MA (metatarsal adduction) we are seeing
Casting fixes both those problems.
Maybe we started the taping too late? Maybe if he is casted, we can start taping earlier to prevent problems? As long as we can find a way past the skin problem?
So many questions. So few answers.