Today Gavin had an appointment with a pediatric orthopedist. He went in to be casted for Ankle Foot Orthotics, also known as AFO's. The boys and I call them UFO's though, because it's more fun to call them by this name! Here is a picture of them casting Gavin's lower legs, to make a mold for fitting him with the right size:
He was NOT impressed with the whole process! He did fine for the first leg, but then decided that he had had enough! They had to lay him on his belly the whole time and they also had to stretch his ankles and feet into proper flexion (Joel says it's called dorsal flexion), which probably hurts him a little because he is so tight in his ankles. I didn't get pictures of him during, because I was too busy trying to comfort him. But trust me, he was mad! Poor guy!
The AFO's are for keeping his ankles in a good position. Right now he has his feet almost always pointed (Joel says this is called plantar flexion) and we don't want them to get 'stuck' in that postion. They will also be used to help support Gavin when he is in a stander. His stander is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. I'm excited about this! I'm sure he won't like it, but I know that it will be good for him. I, on the other hand, am not looking forward to ANOTHER piece of equipment in our house for him! For a little guy, he takes up a lot of space!
Here is a picture of some AFO's, minus the straps that will be on them:
Here is Gavin after we got home. I laid him on his blanket on the floor, and he was out in minutes flat! I guess getting mad wore him out!
"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:15