My name is Tara Hannaford. I am 32 years of age and was born with a club foot on the left and with muscle loss in my ankle. I also have odd feet with my left foot being a size 6 and right being a size 8. My club foot is also an odd shape with having a high arch it’s hard to fit shoes. Growing up was hard with buying odd shoes. When I was growing I often had the same size shoes with Dad stuffing the end off one for me with lamb’s wool. I find I wear thongs a lot, cheap to buy!
I consider my self lucky to have my leg after 5 operations as a child, splints, plaster, and once nearly losing my leg from gangrene through negligence from local hospitals!
My club foot has become one size smaller and now at 33 turning 34, I have found my foot is turning back in the way it was when I was born. To stop this I had a plastic splint made that goes in my prosthetic shoes that goes all the way up my leg and into the shoe as I am off balance with out it and it keeps my foot from tuning in anymore. If I don’t it will still try and tun in and would get worse. I am finding I have limited movement in it now. Interesting as I never thought this would happen nor was told that this was a possibility. I have been diagnosed with osteo-arthritis witch started in my hips 5 years ago I think it may have happened due to not having proper fitting shoes growing up and walking on my plaster as I was a child.
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