Dec 11, 2019 / Clubfoot & Foot Disorders

Share Your Story: Emily's Story

Meet Emily, a patient seen by our multidisciplinary team of experts. Learn more about her journey from her mom, Aurora, of McKinney, TX.

When I was 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor told my husband and I that he suspected our daughter would be born with clubfeet. He referred us to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. We went ahead and made an appointment, so we could meet a doctor and try to get ahead of the diagnosis. It was wonderful to be able to tour the hospital, complete all of the necessary paperwork and meet the doctor and nurses that would take care of our baby girl.
When Emily was born in July 2016, we discovered that both feet were impacted with the condition. We also discovered she was born with a tiny extra digit on the outside of her left hand, one that we couldn't see on my previous ultrasounds. When the pediatrician examined her right after she was born, we also learned that she has something going on with her hips. They would dislocate from the socket when flexed. Luckily, we were able to see Dr. Richards at Scottish Rite hospital for all of Emily's conditions.
Dr. Richards was able to take care of the extra digit on her hand. She had X-rays and an ultrasound to confirm her hip diagnosis. Prior to the first casting of her feet, she was fitted for a Pavlik Harness for her hips. Dr. Richards wanted her in the harness for three weeks before starting treatment on her feet. Once that time had passed, they began casting her feet, while still maintaining the hip treatment. She was in casts and the harness for eight weeks total. At 12 weeks, she had a final X-ray. We were told that the Pavlik Harness had worked and we had done a great job of keeping her in the harness for the number of prescribed hours. We were then able to move on to the boots and bar foot treatment.
By early 2017, we were able to transition to just nighttime bracing for her feet. Emily was a tad delayed physically when it came to rolling, crawling and walking, but that didn't hold her back mentally. She is one of the smartest toddlers I know! We continue to have yearly X-rays of her hips to make sure they stay in place and remain strong as she grows!

Scottish Rite Hospital means the world to us!

Everyone is always so sweet and caring. While we understand that Emily's conditions could have been worse, without the hospital, Emily wouldn't be the walking, running, climbing, athletic child she is today!



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