Shoes accommodating afo braces

Children who wear AFOs want to be as fashionable as their peers.They often struggle with balancing their need to wear fashionable shoes with the clinical need for AFOs.Since I have been fitting orthotics for so long, I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands accommodate orthotics better than others.Families used to bring different boot styles to the store to see if they would work with their child’s AFOs.One of the most common mistakes parents make when buying boots for their children who wear AFOs is buying boots that are too long in size in order to allow for extra space for the AFO.This will end up compromising your child’s stability and making your child more prone to falling down.

I have found that in order for your kids’ boots to be able to accommodate an AFO they need to provide the 3 following features: ✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow the AFOs to fit deeply inside the boots and prevent the top part of your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top part of the boots.Boots that are too long will also allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the boots, and that constant movement and friction between your child’s feet and the shoes might lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.I have tested these boots in several kids before and they work so well because they are deep, come with a zipper opening on the back, and they are custom made to your child’s measurements.Most boots are just simply not designed with orthotics in mind, meaning that they are not wide or deep enough to accommodate all the extra space that a pair of AFOs take inside the shoes.I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with foot and leg pain, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

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