Monday, August 30, 2010

The story so far..

I think I may have mentioned previously that we have struggled with Kayla's toe-walking since she started walking. She has never really walked with a proper heel toe gait and has always walked on her tip-toes.

We thought that she would eventually grow out of it, but this has never happened. So we took her to a physiotherapist earlier this year and she was diagnosed with idiopathic toe-walking. Which simply means that there appears to be no reason for her toe-walking.

This has led to a few problems in her legs. She has low muscle tone and her tendons are short and tight. So we have been doing a lot of stretching, but this hasn't given great results.

So the next step was to start serial casting. Which we started today. This will only happen for two weeks, and hopefully we will get some improved measurements through her legs.

Kayla was very relaxed about the whole thing, and lay very still as the casts went on. It only took about an hour for both legs to be done. She is very excited about her pretty purple legs and can't wait to go back to school tomorrow and get everyone to sign them.

We go back on Thursday and get these casts taken off and the second set put on. This second set will stretch the muscles and tendons further, to hopefully achieve measurements that are closer to normal.

I am so proud of my little girl. For a child that is normally a little more anxious about things, she has certainly taken this in her stride.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Take care.


Christine said...

She's such a brave little girl! I hope it all went smoothly on Thursday. Thinking of you all.


Tanya Tahir said...

Wow, she sure is brave. How is everything going with Kayla's legs now?

Anonymous said...

does your daughter have other unusual traits? children who are on the autistic spectrum like to toe walk,