Congenital Talipes Equinovarus

Living with Club Feet

I was born with a very severe case of club feet. I had surgeries for my feet at about 2-4 months of being born. Since I was a child, I always knew that something wasn’t quite right. I am currently a sophomore in highschool. I do marching band and orchestra as I have a passion for music. But I can never seem to let it go. I’ve heard it all.” She walks like a penguin.” “She limps really weird.” “Stephanie? The one who walks weird?” I’ve heard this throughout my entire life.

As a child, I always wanted to do ballet. I always wanted the stage to myself and dance my heart out. There are times when I see the guard dancing wishing that could be me. I’ve always had the mindset that if I can’t prove myself physically, I’ll prove myself musically and academically. My case links up to my arthritis, heart dilation, asthma, scoliosis, and other things that make my body ache everyday. I’ve always said that this body isn’t mine. I am capable of doing so much more. I can do so much more but not in this body. Years have gone by, and many more are going to go by until the day I die having lived in a cage. Even though there’s so much more I can accomplish that doesn’t involve physical activity, I still touch the body that can never be mine.

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One comment on “Living with Club Feet
  1. Mark Redgwell says:

    I am 6 feet 5 and had a club foot i am 51 and fully Mobile just now have type 2 diabetes ,Relax and enjoy your life tell the People telling you you walk like a Penguin that Penguins are Awesome.

    I had experimental Surgery in the UK Aged 9 and got the best Birthday present 8 months later when i was discharged from the Hospital which is no longer ther Queen Mary”s Hospital for Childred Carshalton England My the Then Top Gun of foot Surgeries Philip Cheoung Limb.

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