I feel like it’s been incredibly too long since I posted a clubfoot journey checkup. I’m sorry this post is long overdue. My son was born with a right clubfoot and you can read more about our earlier days on this journey (just click here).
Eli is a running, jumping, climbing and incredibly energetic 3.5-year-old (who turns 4 in October). We went to our clubfoot checkup at Children’s Hospital. Our appointments are scheduled every 6 months at this point in our journey. Eli continues to wear his foot abduction brace (boots and bar) every single night for the recommended 12-14 hours.
Recently, we ordered him another pair of shoes. Just like every time we go up a shoe size, the shoe seems so big initially but it’s a pretty easy adjustment. The good thing about the shoe being a bit big is that it gives him plenty of growing room. It was rather expensive to purchase the new pair of shoes since our health insurance didn’t cover the cost since we haven’t met our annual deductible…but I won’t get started on that. *gripes!*
The doctor checked Eli’s dorsiflexion and examined his foot. He didn’t have any concerns at this time with Eli’s progress and he recommended we continue doing what we’re doing.
Current Boots and Bar Schedule
Our boots and bar schedule goes something like this almost every night. We put the shoes on 7:00-7:30 and they don’t come off until at least 7:00-7:30 the next morning. More often it is closer to 8:00. I often give Eli a snack and put his shoes on at that time while he is winding down for bed. He gets to choose if he wants to enjoy some iPad or TV time. Then, in the morning, it is a pretty similar routine depending on what time he wakes up. He often wants breakfast and some TV time and then it’s just about time to take the shoes off.
He has no problem maneuvering with the shoes on. We help him use the potty when he needs to go while he is wearing his boots and bar. We do monitor how much moving around he does just because he is so active and we don’t want little brother to get knocked in the head or him to break the bar. For the most part, he really tolerates his shoes like a champ.
Within the last few weeks, he started asking why he wears the shoes and why doesn’t mommy, daddy, or brother wear them. But, he seems to accept when we explain about his magic foot and he seems to confidently think he’s just a superhero. He will ask us in the morning “is it time to take my shoes off?” mainly because he wants to play and he recognizes he can play much easier without the boots and bar.
So as of now, the plan will be to head back to Children’s Hospital in November and to discuss the remainder of our journey. I’ll be honest, though, as exciting as it is that Eli is almost 4 (which is the recommended age for wearing BNB) I’m in no hurry to actually stop putting on his shoes since I’m fearful of relapse. When I asked the doctor, he said we will discuss continuing the shoes until at least they don’t fit anymore. So I will definitely keep you updated!
If you have any questions, please just drop me a comment below or find me on Facebook and I’m happy to reply!