Monday was our first day at the clinic, and it was a very very busy one. We were welcomed with open arms by CRILE, the clinic we were at, and they made a beautiful banner 24 children with disabilities came through the clinic, all of whom were seen by Dr. Klein and received orthotic, seating and feeding assessment and treatment as needed.
The children we saw had similar pathologies to what is often seen in Canada: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc.
Many of the children that we saw have never had any of the bracing or seating that they truly need. Wheelchairs are not common in Honduras, and we saw many parents carrying their non-ambulatory children around.
Thank you to all the staff at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for the great donation of Ankle Foot Orthotics for this years CANADA-HONDURAS CHILDREN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE. I was met there this morning By Christa Bell who kindly gave me a large bag of Braces to be utilized in such a poor region of the world. “This is a group of volunteers who travel to Honduras every year for a one-week clinic geared towards providing children in need with access to health-care services” I have provided a link to their website if you wish to donate. Canada-Honduras Children’s Health Initiative
Found some great photo’s on the internet of some people with abilities. Check it out! Very motivating and inspiring.
Charcot Foot is a very serious condition typically of the foot and ankle in which fractures & Dislocations occur and relies on quick diagnosis to reduce risk of deformity, ulceration and ultimatly amputation. Biodesign Prosthetics & Orthotics are experts in the Design and fabrication of C.R.O.W Boots (Charcot Resistant Orthotic Walker). If you have been diagnosed by a Physician with Charcot foot and a brace or air cast walker has been prescribed contact us to help you protect your foot and regain mobility. Charcot foot is a very serious condition requiring immediate attention. Please do not hesitate to meet with us for our opinion at one of our Locations.
Things to watch for in Diabetic Neuropathic Foot & Ankle.
1. Sudden Swelling of the foot and Ankle, can be associated with or with out an injury (possible rolling of the ankle or simply just walking or going down stairs.)
2. Increase in temperature of the foot and ankle (warm to touch)
3. Sudden drop in the arch of the foot
4. Change in the foot and or ankle shape
5. Pain or soreness (but in severe neuropathy this may not be felt)
Again if you suspect Charcot foot, stay off your foot and contact your physician or diabetic specialist immediately, continuing to walk on your foot even with out the presence of pain you could be causing serious harm.