OLDER CHILD CLUBFOOT JOURNEY
Zane was a toddler with bilateral neglected clubfoot who was adopted from China, where he was treated with a TAL, bracing and no casting. We casted Zane every two weeks for a total of four months (8 casts). He did not require another TAL. After his last cast Zane had physical therapy and wore the Ponseti brace at night. Because Zane was walking at the time of casting we reinforced the plaster casts with fiberglass casting to avoid breaking down and the need for reapplication.
“Dr. Rodriguez was recommended to me by another parent I met in an online support group for parents of children with clubfeet. After checking with Dr. Morcuende in Iowa, who gave her his thumbs up, I decided to contact her about working with my son. Within an hour of sending her an email, she called me on the phone. Even though I hadn’t yet agreed to take my son to see her, she spent nearly an hour on the phone with me and gave me her personal cell phone number to call with any questions. I had never met a doctor who was so accessible, and I was blown away! Although I also consulted with doctors who lived closer to us, I never regretted our decision to seek my son’s treatment through Dr. R.
Dr. Rodriguez has a passion for clubfoot that shines through in all of her interactions with me and my son. She is friendly, open, and extremely caring. She always took her time with us and we never felt rushed during any of our casting or follow up appointments. Having now known Dr. Rodriguez for several years, I know that she is extremely committed to her patients and to the care of children with clubfoot. She is humble. She is kind. She is ethical. And she puts the needs of her patients first. I am so thankful we found Dr. R. to treat our son’s clubfoot.”