My name is Rachel and I was born with 2 club feet in 1973. While I don’t remember any of it, I endured multiple surgeries before the age of 2 and learned to walk in braces. My paternal grandmother also had one club foot, so I was always told (by family) that it was genetic and that it skipped a generation. My father and his brothers did not have club foot yet I was born with both feet clubbed.
For the most part, having corrected club feet has never held me down. My parents never coddled me or told me that I was any different from other children. In fact, I enlisted in the USAF at 18 and made it successfully through 3 years (I chose to get out when I became pregant with my first child). However, I have always dealt with a great deal of foot pain.
Over the past few years I think that arthritis has begun to set in. I can always tell when the weather is going to change and it doesn’t take much, these days, to upset my feet enough to where I can barely walk.
I am also concerned that my children are reaching child bearing age and I don’t want them to experience what my parents (or I) went through.
Therefore, I’m interested in learning about everyone else’s stories, seeing what works for others and seeing if what works for me also works for others.