We’re half way through the 6 prescribed sessions of Physiotherapy. So far it has been going well in terms of Theo looking forward to be there and getting along with the therapist. I do wish he would sit still for 30 minutes at home for me to work on his feet though. He’ll be happy to sit and read or watch TV but the moment I touch his feet, he gets all funny about it. Hence, we’ve been doing multiple mini-sessions of a couple of minutes here and there throughout the evenings.
On the 3rd session, I mentioned previous incidents of Theo dragging his right foot and tip-toeing. He hasn’t done it much (or at all) recently but I thought I’ll be that paranoid mum who brings up a million concerns during consultation time. It turns out that the reason for him doing that is due to weaker shin muscles. Hence, he has more trouble (so to speak) moving his feet forward like those of us with normal feet. I’ve always assumed that when he climbs, he turns his feet out mainly because of the way the boots and bar hold his feet for 12 hours each night (normal feet kids climb up slopes on their toes).
As he’s still too little to understand that he needs to do exercises to strengthen his legs, the therapist suggested kinesio-tape which “wakes up” the shin muscles. He’ll need to have them on for 4 days before I remove them in a warm bath. Apparently I’ll be able to notice the difference in the way he walks – there should be more forward movements on the toes.
It was only from this session that I learnt that my son prefers leopard to zebra prints. #faint