Hello Friends and Family, As many of you know, our son Logan was born with bilateral clubfoot, which is a deformity in the foot where his feet turn in as opposed to laying flat/straight. He has endured so much already with multiple castings as an infant and 24/7 bracing to correct this issue. Despite his compliance with treatment, we have concerns. noticeably over the past few weeks, Logan is having some problems when walking and more significantly when running. He is literally tripping over his own feet due to what we think is his left foot relapsing. He has fallen several times and even bumped his head a few times. Thank goodness he hasn’t been severely hurt. We have followed up with his orthopedic specialist here in Charlotte, who confirmed that his left foot is relapsing and he will need surgery to correct it. The surgery will require the tendons in his foot to be relocated. We have decided since our current doctor doesn’t have much experience with this particular surgery that we must travel to a specialist in St. Louis to ensure the best care possible. We have consulted with Dr. Matthews Dobbs at St. Louis Children’s hospital. He Is an expert in his field and in fact is the creator of the brace (Dobbs bar), Logan had to wear 24/7 in his early treatment. Dr. Dobbs does countless tendon transfer surgeries known as Anterior Tibialis Tendon Transfer (ATTT) and we are confident in his abilities. Below is a quick glimpse of what we expect as we start this journey: · Serial Casting that will manipulate and stretch the soft tissues in the foot to the “normal” position. The casts are long-leg (toes to hip), partial weight-bearing, fiberglass casts changed weekly. We expect 3 weeks of these casts.
- surgery (early February, due to scheduling conflicts) to relocate the tendon. The tendon will Be held in place with a button on the bottom of the foot inside the cast
- post operative casts for 4 weeks. These casts are white plaster and non weight bearing.
- 4 weeks after surgery
· Cast and tendon button removed.
-Short-leg WALKING CAST applied.
- 2 weeks later (6 weeks after surgery)
Cast is removed
Daytime Braces (ankle foot orthosis) are applied
Begin Physical therapy ASAP to regain strength and essentially learn how to walk again.
As you can see, we have an extensive journey ahead of us. Medical insurance will help us tremendously, however transportation to/from St. Louis and lodging is a concern. We are estimating 6-7 round trip flights to St. Louis, based on this treatment plan. As parents, we HAVE to ensure Logan has the best care possible. We are exhausting all of our resources and are now looking for some support and prayers. If you are able to help Logan get to St. Louis, please donate below. Please share with friends and Family!