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May 07, 2021 / Clubfoot & Foot Disorders

Share Your Story: Running Reese

Meet Reese, a patient who is treated by our experts in the Center for Excellence in Foot. Learn more about her journey below.

Blog written by Reese's mother, Kelly.

Reese was born with bilateral clubfeet and when she was just 9 days old, she had her first appointment at Scottish Rite for Children. From the very beginning, Dr. Richards and his nurse Carrie were always very supportive and reassuring. We were presented with different treatment options and ultimately, we decided on the casting method. 

The day she underwent her first casting, she also had her Achilles tendon lengthened. Her right foot was pretty severe, and the left foot had a lesser degree of twisting. I will never forget what Dr. Richards told us, "I can get Reese's feet there, but you all need to work to keep them there.” 

And that is exactly what we did. Every week, we would go to Scottish Rite for Reese to have new casts applied. When she was about 2 months old, she started wearing the boots and bar – the shoes with the bar connecting them. She could only take them off three times a day, for 30 minutes each time. When she turned 5 months old, she was able to also remove them while she slept at night. Reese underwent an additional surgery when she was 3, but since then NOTHING has stopped her! 

We are forever grateful for the staff, Dr. Richards and nurse Carrie. Reese is now 16 and a topnotch lacrosse player. I think she might be the fastest one on the field! She was just named an All-State honoree and has been selected to represent North Texas in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament. She was also awarded MVP for the district lacrosse championship and her school is headed to compete for the state championship! 

Our lives were forever changed by Scottish Rite!

Nobody in their wildest dreams would now know that Reese was born with clubfeet. Reese would not be the athlete or the person she is had she not received the care, compassion and hope that Dr. Richards, Carrie and the entire staff provided to her when she was just 9 days old.



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