As I briefly mentioned in my last post I was due to see the orthotics department, which actually turned out to be an occupational therapist, in regards to my deformed feet.
On a few occasions they have turned in further. This is not only painful but has added to my worry that my feet may eventually become too fixed, that I will not be able to regain back enough movement in my ankles to enable me to stand.
Therefore, as other courses of treatment have been postponed until I’ve reached the 12 month mark of my DBS surgery; and corrective surgery on my feet is not an option until my spasms are more under control, I’ve been keen to investigate the other, more conventional methods of treatment I.e. splints (or something similar) to use as a precautionary measure.
An appointment was arranged for me late last week to meet up with my new physio at my local hospital to discuss my options, or so I thought.
In all honesty I wasn’t expecting much out of the appointment. I’d expected it to be all of 5 minutes for them to tell me they wouldn’t consider doing anything for just an precautionary measure, and that surgery was my best option and until then I would have to persevere with it. But in fact, both my Physio and one of the departments occupation therapist were ready and raring to go, to fix me up with a pair of open cast like splints I could take away with me the same day!
They took about 30-40mins to make all in all and throughout the entire progress I didn’t spasm once nor felt the urgency to relieve the cramps by rubbing. This may not sound particularly impressive to most but for me this is a massive achievement! Movement of my legs can often trigger a spasm, so the fact my legs were being moved and held in different position without it setting a spasm off, really pleased me!
I’ve had them a week now and wear them as often as I can. I have to say they are doing there job and are holding my foot back effectively. I’m so relieved that something is finally being done about them now.However I cant help but feel frustrated at the fact that if something like this had been put into place sooner, MAYBE the deformity could been prevented! After all a prevention is suppose to be better than a cure!