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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Clubfoot Relapse Treatment - Part 7

It has been a while I've updated you on Jude's feet. 
Here's parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 that tell how we got to this point. 
Not that you were wondering, but in case there are any other club foot mamas reading or those considering adopting a kiddo with clubfoot, I wanted to keep you up on this brave boy's clubfoot journey. I wanted to share where it all stands now. Surprisingly 14 months after we started treatment we are still in physical therapy!

This is how it started back in September last year, and parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are here. But this time our club foot treatment it's like the gift that keep on giving because we're still hard at work and Jude is STILL in physical therapy many months after we thoughts we'd be done. In December 2015-April 2016, we had a therapist that was good, but he didn't have enough experience with children. So Jude made progress but couldn't get back the last bits of strength and endurance he had prior to treatment. Both Jude and I were totally burnt out on physical therapy, so we took a break from it through the summer and resumed with a new physical therapy office that just for kids in August. And it's just what Jude needed. He's a kid. He needs to have fun to be truly inspired to work! And fun is just what he's having! In the last 3 months, his therapist Christina has been stretching and "playing" games with Jude once per week and finally we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
They start with some stretching...
Apparently playing games on mom's cell phone make it easier to stretch more with less resistance
And then they move on to the fun and games, like balancing on a "log" while pulling yourself along.
Or walking heal to toe on a straight (ish) line.
Or seeing how high Jude can jump up!
Or swinging into the ball pit!
Seriously, physical therapy is one of the highlights of Jude's week! He really looks forward to it! And every other day of the week we follow up with daily stretching and exercises at home that aren't nearly so fun. He's made fabulous progress and is getting back the last bits of strength muscle tone.
Soon the scars on his feet are the only reminders of his most relapse. Well that and the wheel chair that's gathering dust in the garage. We are so crazy lucky that we have to resources to help our son be a plain ol' normal boy!

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