Hey everybody, obviously by the title you can tell my name is Nick. When I was born I also had two club feet. My feet when I were born were completely turned and it was a shocker that I am actually able to walk today. They did the whole casting and breaking the bone thing when I was a baby in order to make my feet look at least a little normal.
Through my 20 years of living I have had probably at least 8 surgeries(some in which I don’t remember). The ones I remember clearly are third grade. In third grade i got casts past my thighs. I think they gave me surgery again because my feet were starting to turn In when I ran. However in school I’ve never been bullied for my feet which is amazing. I remember I was friends with the most popular kids because everyone thought it was cool to be in a wheel chair for third grade. What they didn’t know was that it was honestly the most painful thing. I still talk to my third grade helper who pushed me around all day. I want to thank her for being such a huge part of my growing as a child.
In high school I ended up getting surgery again for the who knows what time. This surgery, I had no clue what it was for but I did it. My parents said it would be beneficial so I did it. I think it was my sophomore or freshman year of high school. I was just on crutches which wasn’t so bad and I actually got really good at using them. I could go faster than anyone with crutches lol. Anyway, after I recovered from that surgery, in my junior year I ended up fracturing my foot in gym class. I knew I didn’t fully recover from my last surgery but no one listened. Only people with club feet would understand. Just like when I swim, I’m not the best swimmer because I can barely move my feet the way I should to swim. Does anyone else have issues swimming? So anyway after I fractured my foot they realized I needed another surgery, but at least it was junior year and not senior. So at least I could walk down to get my diploma and not crutch down. I have now graduated high school and I’m now in college and love every minute of it. People no longer say how small my feet are because they don’t care which is awesome. That was the closest I was to bullying, people commenting on how small my feet are.
My feet hurt days when it rains, which sucks but nothing ibuprofen won’t six. So far so good, I’m just scared for my future because I don’t know if I’ll need another surgery or not. Any feedback?? Older people please tell me how your feet are doing after several years of surgery and pain.
I have trouble doing the following things:
- Walking up hills
- Walking on slanted paths.
I look forward to responses. If you have any questions just ask.