Hello my son was born in 2002 with severe clubfeet. They turned completely in. At 8 months of age after 7 months of casting which did not work he had surgery to correct the feet at Denver children’s hospital. My son Seth grew to be an active young man without any issues until his freshman year of high school.
He began fracturing bones when doing any prolonged activity as little as walking. He has fractures the feet three different times since. Seth deals with a lot of swelling and pain even when the feet are not fractured. He attempted to play football and only managed it his sophomore year but over compensated for his feet and tore every ligament in his right shoulder which ended with surgery December 2018. He has since realized football is not an option.
Going into his junior year now he has another stress fracture in the heal of his left foot which we know was done due to walking.. insane right… I took him to another orthopaedic specialist who says the only option to relieve the pain, swelling and constant stress fractures is to perform a triple Arthrodesis. He stated not ideal for a 17 year old however the only option to give Seth quality of life.
I worry what this means long term and wondering if anyone on this sight has the same surgery due to clubfeet and their experience after surgery. If we did this he would be spending all of his junior and senior year of high school having surgery and recovering because you only do one foot at a time. Doing both would be very difficult. I’m just scarred as a mom that this will make it worse.. or cause him major issues later in life. It’s hard enough to deal with the fact I can not fix this for him.. if I could trade feet with my child I already would have. It’s a hopeless feeling watching your child struggle and deal with constant pain.. sorry for the rant but no one around seems to get it. Thank you for listening !!