***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 has completed her serial casting for her tip-toe walking, and she’s done FANTASTIC! Absolutely fantastic! She has gained 20 degrees of motion in both feet, which was exactly the goal. Hooooray for Lydia!
At her physical therapy appointment this week she was fit for orthopedic braces. She’ll have night braces and daytime braces. They will arrive in about three weeks. In the meantime, she has removable casts:
The black “shoes” are her walking shoes that she’s had throughout the casting process. I realized as I was uploading these photos that this is the first time I’ve photographed them.
She wears these casts for three hours before bed and then all night. They are just like her previous casts, except they are cut up and split apart on both sides, so she can take them on and off and strap them together with velcro. The numbers on the straps tell her the order to strap them together. These casts just help her to maintain the range of motion that she gained.
When she’s out of the casts, she’s NOT walking on her tip toes! I can’t even express to you how thrilled we are about that! She’s walking completely flat-footed, which isn’t exactly how she’s supposed to be walking, but flat-footed is the first step to learning how to walk in a normal heel-to-toe gait. If she gets tired she looks like a shuffling old man, which is pretty cute, to be honest. She starts regular physical therapy in a few weeks when she gets her braces.
She’s done so well throughout this whole process! We could not be happier!
AND the best news? Now she gets to SWIM when we’re on vacation next week! YAAAAAYYYY!