Living with Clubfoot

I’d like to start off by saying please excuse the terrible picture of me, I wanted to post a picture that showed myself and a bit of my leg lol.

Now that I got that out of the way, hello all! My name is Bastian and I’m 23 years old and from Hawaii, I was born with clubfoot on my right side.

I had corrective surgery when I was a baby at a military hospital in Colorado and have been living with what I call my “nemo” leg ever since. As a child my ankle/leg had never bothered me, I never seemed to have an issue, nor do I ever recall one, and as a result, my parents never took me in for any sort of reevaluation or correction since it didn’t seem necessary. Now that I’m 23 years old and am very active, problems seem to be arising. I grew up skateboarding, surfing/bodyboarding, and lifting weights. Because of my complete lack of mobility in my ankle, all the aforementioned activities have been very hard for me and it had prevented me from excelling in them. I could never perform even some of the most common skateboard tricks, surfing is somewhat difficult, and I have some drawbacks in weightlifting.

I have little to no mobility in my ankle, I can’t stand on my toes, I have very little medial (inside) movement, and somewhat okay lateral (outside) movement. I can’t point my ankle past about 20 degrees, nor can I even curl my toes themselves.

For most things, this isn’t much of an issue, but for the things I enjoy doing, it is. For skateboarding movement of the ankle is crucial for performing tricks, I’ve managed somethings but most are just not possible for me. For surfing, it has proven difficult at times as there may be moments where you must relax and allow your ankle to bend or move and I can’t. For Weightlifting it wasn’t much of an issue until now, I have just recently developed an interest in Olympic Weightlifting and standing on your toes is a huge and major part of the exercises, as result, performing the movements is very hard for me.

As of late, I have begun have some back issues due to what I believe is a much shorter tibia/fibia in my right leg than my left. I will be going to a doctor soon to evaluate my bone length discrepancy and to see if there’s anything to be done for my lack of mobility.

Other than that, my life has been pretty normal aside from the obvious discrepancy of leg/calf size as you can see in the image.

I wanted to share my story and see if anyone out there has been living with an issue similar to me, and if anyone out there knows if there is anything that can be done to allow me to have my mobility in my ankle back.

Thank you for reading!

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