Rachel sprained her foot six weeks ago. She was playing basketball at half time. She was competing for a ball with a teammate, landed oddly and had her foot kicked at the same time. These actions caused her toes to touch her shin, in her words. I cannot imagine how that happens, but since that point in time she was unable to put any weight on it.
We took her to the ER that afternoon. Here she is sitting in a wheelchair at the UMASS pediatric ER. She and Carmen had so much fun trying to maneuver the wheel chair in and out of the room. The nurses were surprised at how well Carmen and she got along.
At the time of initial injury 6 x-rays were taken. Rachel did not break any bones, thankfully. The ER doctor thought she would be walking within a few days of using the crutches. Not the case, Rachel had to use crutches for 3 weeks. Still unable to put much weight on her left foot. I contacted a friend who is an orthopedic surgeon. We had more x-rays taken.
Here is her beautiful long foot. They looked to see if there were any signs of breaks. Sometimes a break cannot be seen until healing has occurred. But again, no signs of bone breaks. We were told of a few anomalies in her foot.
After seeing the surgeon she was given an air cast. It took her a day or two to be able to walk with out the crutches and just the boot. Two weeks after getting the boot on she would play soccer and basketball in it. We went back for a final check up, 8 days ago and was told to ween her off of the boot within the week of vacation.
Here is Rachel using the boot to walk around Boston. That was Marathon Monday, April 18th. After that day she barely used the boot and now is boot free. She has started wearing two shoes for the first time in over 6 weeks!