Then this morning, we had Joshua's first orthotics appointment at the hospital. Our Physio also met us there for the appointment. The orthotists name was Andrew, and he was really super nice. He took a look at Joshua's feet, and watched him stand, to get a good idea about his issues. Then he started making the casts of his legs. He will use the casts to make his AFOs (Braces). Joshua was a very good boy and sat nicely while the casts were made.
|Putting a special "sock" on to go under the plaster|
|Then he put a piece of plastic down the front and began to wrap it with plaster|
|Joshua watches closely at what is happening to his leg!|
|And he really wants to try and pull the plastic out!|
|What do you think about all this Josh?|
|Close up of the plaster|
|Andrew smoothing the plaster|
|Starting to cut the plaster off|
|Andrew cutting the cast off|
|Both legs done!|
Basically, he explained to me that the bones in the feet are not fully formed until about 5 years old, but when a child has significant issues with muscle tone, those muscles can affect the growing bones and cause permanent problems. So the period up until about 5 years old is really quite critical in terms of providing the feet with the right support to be able to grow and develop properly. He told me that Joshua's problems (in terms of his foot positioning/pronation) were "fully correctable." So, basically Joshua will probably have to wear AFOs for at least a few years. And because little kids grow so quickly, we will probably have to repeat this process about every 6 months for a while.
We go back on Monday 28th to fit the actual braces and hopefully take them home that day!