I've seen a number of posts here about serial casting but just thought I'd start a new one again. I am looking into the casting for my son Kevin. Here is a little history:
He is ambulatory but broke his ankle (non-displaced fracture of the distal tibia) in early Sept., the bone healed and he was back on his feet by mid-November and walking pretty good by mid-Dec. He was doing well until he took a tumble on Christmas Day at his aunt's house on some carpeting. Nothing broke but his knee was sprained. He was off his feet again for a bit but he is able to walk now but not a real long time and he is walking on tippy toes now (not real high) because everything is now tighter. We had an evaluation (where my friend Jen G's son Danny had his done) and they thought he would be a candidate for the casting.
I've checked with one of his physiatrists (we see docs in NYC and Cincinnati) and she is not sure if Kevin is a candidate saying that some boys who are losing strength tend to walk on tippy toes to compensate. And that the casting could make the situation worse. I have to speak more with her but while he can't get up from the flooor he is pretty strong in other areas. I just feel the tippy toes is the result of the repercussions from the fall and that if he could get his heels back down a bit he would walk better. I'm in a quandry as to what to do. We will visit another of his physiatrists this week to discuss this further and then talk to his neurologists.
Has anyone had a similar dilemma? I would love some input before going forward. We were thinking of doing it Easter vacation week.