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lying in the recovery room following my caesarean,
I was told that my daughter had a small problem
with her feet that could be sorted with a
little physiotherapy. Within a few days the
physio came to see us and examined Bethany.
Her left foot was extremely mild but the right
We were taught stretches to do, and then it
was decided that her right foot would need
strapping. This would stay on for 6 days,
and then she would have 24 hours without,
before the next visit for re-strapping.
My initial thought was one of disappointment,
because we wouldn't be able to give her a
bath every night. Selfish, eh?!
However, the real problem turned out to be
the weekly visit to the physio. Because of
the caesarean, I was not allowed to drive,
lift, or push the pram for 6 weeks. This meant
that my husband had to take time of work to
get us both round there.
At first, things seemed to be going well,
although I started to dread the day - Bethany
was a very contented baby, but screamed the
place down as soon as the poor physio touched
her leg! And she was normally miserable all
evening as well.
about 2 months, her skin started to react
to the strapping, and became red and dry.
We persevered with various bits of padding,
but eventually gave in to the fact that she
could no longer tolerate it. Also, at around
3 months, the strapping begins to become much
less effective, as the strong kicks stretch
was at this point I began to get quite emotional.
I was fed up watching my daughter being pulled
around, but knew we had a long way to go.
I resented the fact that this had happened
to us, but then I felt guilty as I knew many
had to cope with much worse. Bethany has been
reviewed by an orthopedic consultant, and
it has been decided that she will need an
operation in November, which I can't say I'm
looking forward to. Her left foot, thankfully,
has responded well to the stretching, and
needs no further treatment.
operation is to cut, and therefore lengthen,
the tendons, and then she will be in plaster
for 6-8 weeks in total. That means tinsel
on her plaster over Christmas!!