We’re now nearly four months post Archie’s surgery, he has regained all the abilities he had before surgery and continues to make progress. It’s been a frustrating month with various complications, the major issue we are trying to improve is his ‘Hyperextending’, when he weight bares instead of taking the weight through his muscles, his knee snaps into the back of his leg. It’s not uncommon after SDR, although it does appear to be particularly significant in Archie. Apart from the strain on the knee joint, it makes it very difficult for him to then lift and bring his knee forward as it is locked into the back of his leg, so he has lots of work to do, strengthening his hamstrings and gluts, we are also in the process of experimenting with various knee supports, braces and splints, so hopefully one of them will help, but not be too supportive that it prevents him learning how to use his knees and muscles properly
We are about to start an intensive three week course at the footsteps centre in Oxford. He will pop into school for a couple of hours then we will head up to Wallingford every day for the next three weeks for his two hour intensive physio. It’s apparently very beneficial for children who have had this surgery so we are hoping to see some further progress by the end of May.
Archie is now only wearing short foot and ankle splints, up until now he has been wearing long splints almost up to his knees. We were expecting a noticeable regression when we made the transition (last week) but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case.
One particular achievement Archie had this weekend was walking in water for the first time. He’s attempted it many times but has never come close, so we were all particularly delighted (especially Archie) when he managed a few steps.