Week two down, one or two more to go!

***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 two casts taken off this evening in preparation for getting casted again tomorrow morning. (Here’s a recap of the casting process she is going through for her tip-toe walking.) 

Look at the happy girl – first with casts, second with casts off.
Throughout this whole process, Lydia has been nothing but happy. She’s had an EXCELLENT attitude! 
I must say, though, through no fault of hers, this second week of casts was a bit discouraging. We had a different physical therapist put the casts on last week, because the regular gal was on vacation. The casts were different from week one to week two.
Last week, with the pink casts, Lydia was walking only slightly up on her tip toes while in them. The casts kept her feet at 90 degree angles, but they prevented her from using her calf muscles to get up on her tip toes all the way. When we took her casts off, Lydia tried to walk up on her tip toes, but physically could not do it. It was very difficult for her to walk her first couple of steps once out of the casts because she could not walk up on her tip toes. And when she was measured, she had gained five degrees of motion in both legs, which was the goal, yay! 
Well, this week while in the green casts, she was able to walk on her tip toes all the time, constantly, because her toes were sticking out and she was able to get traction. Her toes are also very strong, because they’ve been aiding in her toe walking this whole time. She was also able to use her calf muscles this past week while in the casts. When I took her casts off tonight, she got out of them, and ran, up on her tip toes, down the hall. It was so different from the past week. She had trouble walking last time, and this time she didn’t.
I do not blame her at all with any of this, she is just used to walking on her tip toes, and she was just doing what was normal to her this entire past week, even while in the casts. I am really worried that this last week was a waste though. I know that Lydia couldn’t bend her foot inside of the casts, which hopefully helped, but I’m not sure if she was able to gain any more range of motion because she was able to get on her tip toes.
We’ll see tomorrow when she gets measured. Right now we’re expecting her to be in the casts for just one more week. She might have to be in them an additional week … it all depends on how much motion she gains at the end of next week’s casting session.  We’ll see!  Hopefully my worries will be put to rest at tomorrow’s appointment.

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