Mia Chappell carefully peels off her blue socks and passes each to her mother, who places them beside her on the examination table. The doctor comes into the room carrying a bucket, a two foot long piece of tubing, and a handful of gauze. She sits slowly onto a stool in front of Mia, takes her leg, and pushes up her brown leggings. Mia, 5, starts to cry.
The doctor pauses, pointing at the slightly red, scaly skin on Mia’s leg. “Is this caused by her braces?”
Mia is pushing back against her mother’s chest, recoiling her legs. She cries louder, as Yesenia Chappell fights to keep her still. This is the first time they have seen this doctor at the Orthotic Prosthetic Center, in Fairfax, Va.