I am wondering if anybody else has previous experience with their toddler getting the orthotic insert, and if so, what shoes worked best?
Don't know about the Robeez boots - probably not much support and I don't think I would order online without being able to try them out.
Definitely wait until you meet with the PT or orthodped before buying, though because the shoe will have very specific requirements based on the type of insert used. (My son, for example has foam inserts built into his shoes, so he needed extra wide shoes with a leather upper and laces.)
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For my son's orthotics (they were smo's), we relied on the orthotics themselves for support- the shoe on top was basically just for tread. We used plain leather, low-top tennis shoes from wal-mart, then got some crocs that were easier to get on and off.
The advice we got from the orthoped was to look for something like Sketchers, as they have a fairly wide opening.
We were advised against high tops because they don't offer enough ankle support (this was from our old PT). My daughter wears a KAFO and a hinged AFO.
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In the SureStep video I watched, every kid had low top shoes, and you could see the SureSteps sticking out. Maybe that was just so that you could tell that the kids in the video had on the SureSteps.
Maybe my kids just have fat feet. :
I would definitely ask again about the shoe recommendation- I can't imagine getting our suresteps inside a leather hightop shoe.
We used the leather hightops before we got orthotics, though, for the extra ankle support. As it turns out, it wasn't enough, and now the support comes from the Sure Steps.
When my son got his, he was walking about 50-60% of the time. Within a week or so of the SureSteps, he was walking 100% of the time. I can't say enough good things about them. We saw a huge difference, and I hope that your experience is as good!
My daughter has sure steps and we have tried many shoes and the ones she seems most comfortable with are a pair of nikes we got at shopko for around 20 bucks. They lace so you can tighten them or loosen them. we also tried granimals from walmart in a wide width and them seemed to be ok to.
My son doesn't have Sure Steps but a lower profile orthotic in his shoes. Our Orthotist recommended the Garanimals brand shoes because they have a wide toe box. Overall they have been ok, but even though they have a wide toe box we have a little trouble with the height, they can seem squishy on the top of his foot. So I would definitely try them before committing. The nice part about them is they are $10 so I bought a pair in his normal size and a size up so we could bring them to his fitting. We have been able to use his regular shoe size just by taking out the shoe's insole. Good luck!
I have tried many different shoes for my son's SMOs. I then found a leather shoe with velcro. They are Sula Leather by Keen Kids. They have a removeable insole that you will need to take out to allow enough room for the SMOs. They are light and flexable and I am so glad I found them!
The shoe you buy is not dependent on the insert alone. anyone who recommends crocs as footwear that is suitable for someone who wears orthotics is not going to be doing you any favours.
In Store between 65% and 70% of our customers come from referrals from medical specialists with orthotics. We are one of very few specialists who have the confidence enough to say we can make sure your child is comfortable and receiving every benefit from their orthotics after having their footwear fitted by one of our specialists. Here is some advice that you may find useful. some may contradict what others are telling you about practicality and what is easy to get on and off. but what is the point of an orthoitc if the shoe is easy to get off....
FOR ORTHOTICS TO WORK
1. the foot needs to be held onto the orthotic with some kind of fastening
2. there needs to be adequate space for the foot and the orthotic to fit into the footwear. this is not guess work (1 or 2 sizes bigger is not accurate enough when talking about children's footwear) you should have the children's feet measured as always, then be advised by the expert shoe fitter as to what kind of shoe is appropriate.
3. foot position is vital. this is not something you will be able to determine on your own as it requires specialist training. again you require the assistance of a trained shoe fitter. they will understand about foot proportions, and foot position and how to create room or take away room where necessary.
4. the shoe must be strong. if it is not strong you make your child's problem twice as bad because as the orthotic tries to do one thing the shoe allows the foot to do another and you make the problem worse.
The best advice anyone can give you is go and find someone who knows what they are doing. if this means going into all the kids shoe shops in your area then that is what you must do. the money you pay for consultations with physios and pediatricians not to mention the orthotics themselves will all be a waste if you do not allow them to do their job by putting them in inappropriate footwear.
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