Hi, I’m Daniel and I’ve got clubfoot with my right foot being the only one affected.
I’ve had a total of four surgeries with only the initial position correction working efficiently. My big toe was also fused together so it can’t bend this was to stop it sticking up when I walk but I think it made it worse, the other operation I’ve had are heel alignment and also I’ve had some ligaments moved about sorry don’t know the actual names given to each surgery off the top of my head. Anyways all my other toes are permanently dislocated and are completely useless as none of them touch the floor when I walk.
A few years ago I was told I have early stages of osteoarthritis in my ankle bone. Now buying shoes is a nightmare—my left foot is a size 8 and my right is a size 6. It doesn’t matter what shoes I do get as I always have the battle of trying to keep my foot straight so it’s easier to walk this never happens for long maybe if I’m lucky I can do this for about 5 minutes before it’s then not doable.
I’m in constant pain because of my foot and it limits my ability to get around as it’s too painful for me to drive as I’ve got barely any up and down movement in my foot. This has also caused another issue with my knee now clicking constantly. Two weeks after I was given inner soles that were meant to help me walk better the clicking began and so did the pain and it hasn’t stopped since. I’ve had blood tests, X-ray and an MRI scan to see what was wrong with them all coming back with no issues. I was told for months by my doctor that the pain must be in my head as they don’t know what’s causing it but they’re still wrong as it’s still here even after taking pain relief and also going to physiotherapy and even to the gym once a week since January nothing has changed. I believe it’s caused by my foot turning outwards which makes me walk on the outside edge of my foot which then turns my knee cap to shift and my leg to go slightly to the right.
I’m very worried about how this will affect me in later life. If I have any children I would like to be able to play football with them and I wouldn’t want this to stop them doing what they want.