My daughter has club foot and I’d love advice from others who’ve been through this please …

Hi Ladies, Mum’s, Auntys, sisters, Nans and every women in between! I wanted to talk about something other then reviews on products as this page is filled with lots of mums.

She had surgery when she was 10 weeks old and had her tendon released in her left foot. We then followed surgery with multiple casts to reposition her foot for 6 months and since then she has been given special equipment she wears called: boots and bar and a rhyno brace.

Her last appointment was on her second birthday and we were told just to keep up with the boots and bar for 20 hours per day and the specialist will see us again when my daughter turns 4.

Im struggling big time! As is my poor daughter! I don’t know how I’m supposed to toilet train and get ready for school if she needs these boots and bar on 20 hours.

Has anyone on this page got children with talipes (club foot or feet) and do you have any suggestions at all?

  • I can’t help with advice as I haven’t had to deal with this, but I would be getting a second opinion. 20 hours seems like an impossibly long time for her to be wearing them and like you said, toilet training etc needs to be sorted too. A second opinion will put your mind at ease


  • Cant help but stay strong and remember that you are doing great job


  • Unless you are having your daughter treated via the Govt. health system I would take your daughter to your GP and ask if there is another professional in that area of expertise that you can have a referral to see. I don’t see how you can possibly toilet train your daughter in all that framework etc. I guess you have to remove that gear to bath her, change nappies etc. Given the short time she is free of the equipment that is basically all there is time for. Is your daughter even walking at all yet? Surely there has to be a better way of treating the problem unless the problem is more involved than you have been told. Maybe your GP could contact the specialist who is seeing your daughter.


  • 20 hours a day is a long time, that’s pretty much day & night. So she’s last seen on her 2nd birthday and won’t need to be seen until she’s 4yrs old ? That’s a big time gap. I would seek a second opinion as well.


  • Tough one, get another opinion. Definitely one strong mama you are


  • Can you go back to the specialist and ask for guidance? It’s the first time I’ve heard of a child this age needing them for so many hours a day.


  • Stay strong mum – you’re doing great. I hope you find some helpful suggestions!


  • oh hope someone knows what needs to be done. maybe some specific massage or exercise.


  • I never had this issue with my kids, so haven’t got anything helpful to offer. Really hope someone else can help, knowing MoMs, I’m sure you’ll find someone


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