3 year old with severe Metatarsus Adductus--PIOG--Long--Update 1 in Green
I have a 3 year old son with Metatarsus Adductus (fancy wording for turned in feet).
Hes had this since 6m old and it has gotten progressivly worse. His first pedi suggested having him wear hard sole shoes on the opposite feet. we did this for a year. Not even kidding. It didnt seem to help. So we got sent to an ortho through one of the childrens hospitals in the area. She blew me off and said Im over reacting. That his feet will get better. They never did. He has gotten sountless injuries from it (mainly smacking his head on the floor and getting nasty bumps but he did end up with an eye injury cause he slid on tile)
After that his new peditrician consulted with his physical therapist and they both agreed that Corbin needs to see a new ortho. So they sent me to a different one and he decided that Corbins feet were so turned in that he couldnt understand how Corbin was able to walk without being in pain. So he did serial casting for 5 weeks. The casts went 3/4 of the way up his thighs
He had them on from September 29 until November 3. The dr was pleased with the results but said he wanted us back in 1 month to recheck. We went on December 1 and He said Corbin was starting to turn back in and prescribed orthopedic shoes with a recheck in 3 months (which was yesterday)
So we went yesterday to the ortho. He said Corbin left foot is almost back to where it was when we started and his right foot isnt far behind. So he wants to put him back in casting. After discussing this with my mom last night when we got home, mom (who is a nurse for 20 years) said she feels that the surgery that they do for the Metatarsus Adductus may be a more effective way to treat this as opposed to doing casting over and over and over.
I asked Corbins PT what her take on it way. She said she was going to do some research and talk with her friend who is an ortho and get his take on it and LMK tomorrow.
I personally am torn. I hate putting Corbin through the casting over and over. Even more so if it isnt going to work and his feet are just gonna turn back in. However...The surgery seems extreme. I feel as though we have done everything else and are quickly exhausting our options. Corbin is gonna be at an age where hes going to understand whats going on. He'll start to notice that hes different than other kids and start asking questions (hes mostly non-verbal). I wanna do whats right for him...but IDK whats right. DH just keeps telling me that corbin shouldnt even be seeing all the drs he sees (pedi, ortho, pulmonologist, ENT, GI, allergist, plus therapies [pt/ot/st])
have any other moms delt with this?
So I got in touch with Shriners hospital (I didnt even know there was one close by until my brother who is a Shriner told me). Anyway. Corbin goes in Wednesday. Hes seeing the Cheif of staff or something? Anyway What should I expect? I went to Shriners in Philly when I was, like, 12-ish for my back but that was 13 year ago. What should i expect besides a long day?