***If you’ve landed on my blog from searching the ‘net for info on tip toe walking or serial casting or AFO braces, hello. This particular post here is one in a number I wrote about my daughter’s tip toe walking. I encourage you to start with this post instead. It encapsulates our journey more succinctly.***
Lydia got her week three casts put on today – and she mixed it up a bit! Orange with smiley faces and purple with flowers! So stylish!
The BEST news?! I was fretting for nothing! She has gained a total of 12 degrees of motion in both legs!! The first week, she gained five degrees of motion, and the second, seven! I was so worried that she wouldn’t gain anything this past week, but she gained more than the first week. Amazing! The physical therapist said even though it might have appeared that Lydia was walking on her tip toes, she really wasn’t. Her foot was stabilized within the casts. That’s good news! Just to be safe this week though, the casts are long, covering up her toes.
Next week Lydia’s legs will be molded for day braces and night splints, the same type that she wore two years ago. She will need to wear the braces so that she doesn’t lose the motion range that she has gained, and will have continual physical therapy to strengthen up her muscles. She will wear casts next week too. I wonder what color she’ll choose?
We’ve still got a ways to go, but we’re very pleased with this process so far! And proud of our brave girl, as always!