Liam was born with a left clubfoot. The doctors told us that it can be genetic. This is on my side of the family, but when they found it in my 18 week ultrasound I was still surprised because it hadn’t even crossed my mind. I was also sad because my younger sister was born with bilateral clubfeet and I have vivid memories of being in the doctor’s office watching him manipulate my sister’s feet while she screamed! Her feet are corrected now, but I will never forget the many casts she went through as a little girl.
After we found out about Liam’s foot we began doing research on how doctors repair clubfeet now a days. My dad came across a method called the Ponseti Method. We began praying that Liam’s foot would be easy to fix and not require surgery, and that we would find a doctor that would apply the Ponseti Method. And of course the orthopedic doctor we were referred to applies the Ponseti Method on all his patients who have clubfeet, praise the Lord! Basically Dr. Ponseti’s method requires a series of casts, usually 6-8 weeks. Liam only needed a cast for 5 weeks! Then, if necessary, the doctor will perform a surgery to clip the heel cord allowing the foot to flex. Our doctor said that Liam is in the top 10% of kids who do NOT need the heel cord clipped! Which is so awesome because then it would have required him to be in casts for 3 more weeks – not fun for anyone! After the casts, the foot is corrected but still needs to be held into place. So Dr. Ponseti recommends they wear a brace for 3-5 months for 23 hours/day. Liam is now DONE with the 3 months of wearing the brace full-time! Now he is required to wear the brace only during the night and one long nap during the day until he is 4 years old. So he is now free to move and kick and play when he is awake without his big clunky brace to weigh him down! I’m so happy for him! Probably much more happy than he is, because he doesn’t seem to mind his brace too much anyway;). Although he has been smiling much more lately!
I’ve attached the before, during, and after pictures here so you can see the difference! God is so good and his feet look perfect!
For some reason I love the crying pictures. He was probably tired but I had to get the picture first;).
He is 6 weeks old here, but he got his first cast put on at 4 weeks.
When he was 2 months old we had the brace put on.
At 5 months old he was given his freedom during the day!! Sara Harper took this one and I just love it…
She took this one too… too cute!!