Hi – Just a short post from me to give some parent and talipesists a bit of comfort.
My name is Mike and am 46 years old. I was born with congenital talipes of the right foot. When I was younger I won’t pretend that it didn’t play on my mind. People would notice the difference in my calf size etc., but it never defined me and when I hit my late teens I had almost forgotten about it.
As is usual, I have very limited range of movement in my right foot and it has been painful at times. I was told that I would never be an endurance athlete, but would be able to participate in sport to a reasonable degree..
..but here comes the ‘comfort’ bit; I am married have three wonderful children (10, 15 and 17) and I run 35 to 55 miles a week. My 2 daughter’s escaped talipes, but my 17 year old son didn’t. He is a county badminton player and has already managed to achieve a level 1 coaching status with Badminton England – his coach of 4 years (4 hours+ of matches / coaching a week) took 2 years to notice my son’s calf muscle difference, and remember he would have always been wearing shorts! His talipes, like mine, was described as severe, but we are bloody minded pair and will hopefully give some parents an expectation of what is possible.
And if you what to compare yourself to a 46 year old talipes runner’s PBs..
10k 44mins 20secs
Half Marathon 1h37m50s