Hi everyone, my name is Camilla, and I was born in 1996 in Denmark. I was born with a left club foot, which was discovered at birth. I was treated using the Copenhagen method, and that meant that from infancy I was seeing a physiotherapist around five times a week for 3 months, until I underwent surgery for the first time. At age 6 I had surgery again, which delayed my starting school, and then I was operated on again when I was 18 for an achilles tendon lengthening surgery.
In my case, I feel that I wasn’t really affected by my disability that much, until I reached the awkward teens and I noticed that I was different both in appearance and physically. I felt sad and that people didn’t really (and still don’t always) understand how much a club foot can affect you if you aren’t careful. In my experience I can’t stand for a long time without pain and soreness the next day and the same goes for walking/running etc. Despite my foot’s complaints I work out and do gymnastics, but I’m always cautious not to strain my foot to much.
Currently I feel that my disability can be accepted and adapted into a normal lifestyle of a girl my age, but I do fear for the future and how my problems will evolve.
I’ve never met anyone who had club feet before, so I’m thrilled to have discovered this website and I have loved reading all of your stories and struggles.