|This is why I always reinforce Jeremiah's casts with fiberglass!|
Seeing the kids over and over weekly allows me to develop more of a relationship with them than with most patients. Most don't come to love me as much as I love them, however!
|Some members of Dr. Andy's Foot Club|
This past week, because of a heavy work load, I asked him to skip a week, and come back after 2 weeks. This gave him extra time to destroy his casts. He usually crawls around in the dirt and rocks, but this time has obviously been in some serious mud. For kids who are big enough to crawl, I always reinforce the plaster casts with fiberglass. Just imagine what these casts would be like if they were only plaster!
|Feet are pointed down, turned under, twisted at the center|
The talipes work is one of the most rewarding parts of my life here. You've seen this in some of the older posts, like this one. Seeing a child who could only look forward to a life of disability and exclusion from a normal life be able to return to normal in just a few weeks provides a special feeling. And for most of these kids, the contrast is really that great. With untreated clubfoot, they are marginalized, unable to participate in many normal activities. After treatment they usually can live and function normally.