Week 5 and walking

We have made it to week #5.  Ethan had his 5 week appointment on Friday.  He was able to get his braces before the Doctor appt.  He is progressing very nicely.  They are still stressing that he does not flex his feet upward to risk the tendons being lengthened too much.  He can walk now with the braces fitted inside the Robo Cop boots.  Our first thoughts were YEPEE, he can walk!!! Yes, we knew he would be weak and would need to take it slow, but what we didn’t anticipate was the pain that he has been in.  Both feet in the arch area hurt very badly when he tries to walk.  This will take time for subside because his feet has gone through a tremendous change.  He does not want any help and he is grabbing onto everything he can find for support.  I am going to see how he does today and if the pain is getting better, if not, I will get him some crutches for support.  He told me, “See mama, my feet hurt but I’m not complaining.”  He is tough and determined through the pain.  But I think he’s getting better and he’s happier to have some freedom.  He is only has stamina to walk from the living room to the bathroom and back.  At this point, if someone were to ask me if I would do it over again, my answer would be most definately.

Ethan will be in the Robo Cop boots for another 6 weeks and 4 weeks to his next Doctor’s appt.

One Response to “Week 5 and walking”

  1. 2 things: (1) Try squishy soft footbeds inside the boot for comfort, and (2) Check out bit.ly/UWOProtocol and try not to let Ethan’s Doc take him much slower, ’cause there’s no benefit according to the best studies.

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