CP and Challenged People topic
Thank you for your advice. My son's orthopedic specialist told him he probably would not need his braces past age seven anyway. Now my son just wears special inserts in his shoes. I do not know why he was self-conscious. Other kids used to trip him. Then he started getting stronger and was able to stand up for himself. My son does not have your charm, Alin0s, he was more of a stubborn bull type.
Very NT. He wanted to fit in. I know in retrospect he should have waited until he was seven instead of five to discard his braces.He did used to hide them under long pants but the kids singled him out. I would speak up for him and even complain at his school. I guess my son is more sensitive and afraid of being different. Not everyone is like you and me.
As it is, he knows that when he is a senior he will have the weakness return, due to age-related arthritis and weaker muscles, as this was told to him by a therapist. He says he will worry about that when the time comes.
So, listen up, readers. Alin0s' ADVICE IS PARAMOUNT HERE.
Indeed, only two more stinking years and he would have been following all of the proper guidelines and probably be looking at a better future. Now his future could be in jeopardy due to the possible maldevelopment of the muscles and soft tissue in that region. Those special inserts are technically known as orthotics, and usually help with foot support, but most do not help much at the ankle, only a true AFO helps there. Being that self conscious is a very NT type thing, he must have been attempting to over-normalize. Be glad those AFO's kept the other kids from breaking his ankles, kinda made him more robust
I believe that the stubbornness is definitely part of him trying to over normalize. Trying to fit in is very lame in my opinion. I would have thought it would be easy to hide them under long pants, how old is he now, if he is 25 then I can understand as braces 20 years ago were much more clunky. If it was a serious issue you should have filed a proper ADA protection status complaint, this would result in the school being forced to protect him or face an ADA lawsuit. Your son needs to learn that being different is being unique and being like everyone else is being BORING
When you are a senior your muscles and bones become more fragile, this will definitely result in serious problems at his ankles and may even result in him having dislocations and even loss of the ability to walk. At some point in his senior years it is likely he will need a wheelchair.
I would tell him that he made a remarkably irresponsible decision and that he needs to follow what doctors say. The doctors know best and they are only trying to help. There are other ways he could have fixed the issue with other people bothering him.