My name is Janis and I was born with this terrible bilateral clubfeet. My left foot is almost normal but my right foot never got fixed. As a child, I was teased by the other kids for being different and for having braces and crutches throughout my childhood. Growing up I always tried to keep up with my cousins when they would play and even wore holes in my casts. I was told by the doctors that I would never be able to walk or run or even drive a car. Well, I beat those odds.
At 35 I still struggle with walking but I tell people that “Penguins” are my favorite animal so I waddle like one. Being teased as a kid stays in my head and even though times have changed and people are more accepting of being different I still think people notice how I walk or even my feet I feel like they stare. I recently went to a podiatrist and he told me my right foot is very severe and he wants to help me not be in pain.
I also have neuropathy and arthritis in my right foot that causes my toes to go numb and I am walking on the bone so it’s pressing on the nerve. He’s making me custom orthotics and he hopes this works or I will have to undergo a fusion surgery on my right foot. Sounds horrific I know. This is a devastating struggle for me and I can’t imagine the recovery time going so smooth.
Thank you for letting me share my story