Tara’s Clubfoot Story

My name is Tara Hannaford. I am 32 years of age and was born with a club foot on the left and with muscle loss in my ankle. I also have odd feet with my left foot being a size 6 and right being a size 8. My club foot is also an odd shape with having a high arch it’s hard to fit shoes. Growing up was hard with buying odd shoes. When I was growing I often had the same size shoes with Dad stuffing the end off one for me with lamb’s wool. I find I wear thongs a lot, cheap to buy!

I consider my self lucky to have my leg after 5 operations as a child, splints, plaster, and once nearly losing my leg from gangrene through negligence from local hospitals!

My club foot has become one size smaller and now at 33 turning 34, I have found my foot is turning back in the way it was when I was born. To stop this I had a plastic splint made that goes in my prosthetic shoes that goes all the way up my leg and into the shoe as I am off balance with out it and it keeps my foot from tuning in anymore. If I don’t it will still try and tun in and would get worse. I am finding I have limited movement in it now. Interesting as I never thought this would happen nor was told that this was a possibility. I have been diagnosed with osteo-arthritis witch started in my hips 5 years ago I think it may have happened due to not having proper fitting shoes growing up and walking on my plaster as I was a child.

Feel free to contact me.

Tara with boots & bar
Tara with bar on feet

2 thoughts on “Tara’s Clubfoot Story”

  1. I am 67 years old and was born with severe club feet (both feet). After 6 years of conservative treatment of casting and callipers, the doctor told my parents that he was sorry, but there had been no improvement and that there was nothing more he could do. Luckily my parents heard about a young doctor wh had just graduated from medical school. He had a special interest in this area. After another 6 months of conservative treatment, he told my parents that he had an idea for an operation, but it had never been done before. He put me in Kernan Hospital for Crippled Children and had many foreign doctors assessme. Their advice was, “It might help. It couldn’t hurt. It is worth a try.” I had 6 operations from age 6 to age 12. I thank God for this doctor and for the ability to walk. I now have severe osteoarthritis and have had a triple arthrodesis in my left foot and had two joints fused in my right foot. I am in constant pain and have an appointment with an Orthodist to have a brace made for me. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I know that God is with me and will strengthen me to be able to deal with that future.

  2. Hi Tara,

    Wow your story is similar to mine. I am 32 now and I was born with a left talipes which was operated on too early, at 7 days of age.. and now I have osteo arthritis and constant pain in my shin and where the hole is where my ankle should be.

    I have a foot orthotic but maybe I need to look at getting a full leg one, as I am going crazy with the pain now.

    Your story has inspired me to try and find another specialist. I just found that here in Melbourne Australia, it is hard to find a club foot specialist after turning 18 and no longer having assistance from the childrens hospital anymore.

    Thanks for sharing!

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