I appreciate everyone in this group who has shared their clubbed foot journey. Hearing the stories of others has helped me a lot. Figured now would be a good time to share my own:
I was born with bilateral clubbed feet in 1989 and had corrective surgery at 18 months old. Growing up, I played competitive tennis and other hard court sports and field sports and was also captain of my competitive marching drumline. From age 22-25 Ive had increased levels of pain that would come and go in both feet, so I slowed down my level of physical activity and started to go from competitive sports to more casual sports and replaced tennis/basketball/soccer with golf/biking/swimming.
Last year at age 26 I had a left knee injury while playing casual tennis, and I was favoring my right leg for several weeks during recovery/rehab. It seems that putting all my weight on my right foot during those several weeks exacerbated the arthritis and wore down the joint/cartilage to a severe level over the last 6 months.
I’m 27 now and have severe arthritis in my right foot/ankle. I consulted with a foot surgeon who has recommended a joint fusion operation. (I also changed my diet in the last 6 months and lost 15 pounds to lighten the load on my ankles. NSAIDs help relieve pain, but I still have to avoid most activities where I put weight on my right foot).
I’m curious to see if others with clubfoot have also developed arthritis in their feet at an early age. Is joint fusion a common solution? I know there is not a permanent solution, and I have accepted that I will not be able to do certain physical activities the same way I used to. Either way I’m committed to staying in good shape and I will not let this stop me.
I am happy to share more of my experience with anyone who has clubfoot. I have learned many helpful strengthening techniques from physical therapy, yoga, and foot/ankle rehab over the years.