Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Frustrated And Confused

Since school started, I have been trying to get Matthew to wear his new brace. He goes to school with it, but it is always off by recess time (2 hours later). I can see where it is bothering him. Have taken him in to our orthotist to try and have it adjusted, but the adjustments that can be made are not helping.

The new brace was made straighter and higher at the toe to try and stop the front of his foot from turning in. I completely agree with that.

Comparison of old AFO and new AFO.

But that is where the new AFO is bothering him. You can see how his foot turns right at that spot.



So, the part of his AFO that is to keep his foot from turning, is causing him to remove and not wear his AFO...which will lead to more turning of his foot. Arrrggghhhh!

Simple solution, cut the AFO down at that foot part. But, the purpose of this AFO was to try and stop that foot from turning.

Round and round we go.

I am going to send an email to Dr. Dobbs and Kristina this evening. See what their thoughts are. We don't go back to St. Louis until December.

In the meantime, he has been happily wearing his old AFO.

Oh, and another update...Ryan's eye. A real beauty in the works.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Interestingly, his foot looks VERY much like Grace's ... the forefoot, I mean. Remember when she (briefly) wore that UCBL? Same concept, except hers was an insert rather than a brace. Built up quite high on the instep, and especially toward the toe, to keep it from turning inward. Didn't work for her either.

The problem in that case was that, oddly, it was causing her to walk on the outside of her foot. So ... the lesser of the two proverbial evils ... we ditched the insert.

I'd like to see that same photo of his foot, but without the sock. From the top down, flat. I have a feeling I'd see that same "hinge" at the base of the little toe, shifting the forefoot inward. But in Grace's case, Dr. VB said we just have to live with it. Easy to say ... hard to do. :)

Hang in there!!!

- Sue (I'm signed out and using another account ... couldn't be bothered to switch. :)