We actually took the sole insert out yesterday and it made his limping worse. And Kodoma, that website you gave me said it doesn't recommended the toddler shoes because they are medium width, which my ds is large....but thanks though.....i'm worried about ordering shoes online because I'm afraid they won't fit. My ds is 22 months old and I hate paying $60 for a pair of shoe, because he will probably outgrow them in a month or two......our pt told us to keep him in the shoe even if he is limping if he isn't complaining, but I can't see doing that. Obviously he is limping because it hurts. I just hate going through this.....he had adjusted so well when he first got them and it's already been a month and having problems.
We actually tried the hatchbacks and believe it or not they were too tight for dd's feet with the braces! They were not deep enough in the instep, up by the toes. We have had good success with new balance in xw.
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To give her a break, at home, I sometimes take the sneakers off and either put a Robeez type shoe or even just socks over the SS's. Just to give her a little traction over them and she does fine.
Lands End mesh water shoe/sneaker one size up also fit. These are the water shoe with the toggle, not the regular mesh sided sneaker. Here's a link.
My daughter wears a KAFO on her left leg/foot. We ended up at our locally owned shoe store for help. They measured her feet and then we went thru the New Balance catalog and found a pair that come in Extra Wide. We need an Extra Wide for the brace foot and a wide for the shoe insert of her right foot.
They can be a little tricky to get on, but they work!
The shoe store charged us full price for one pair and then gave us a 40% discount for the 2nd. So two pairs of shoes were like $36.
Our PT warned us against cheap sneakers and Crocs. They do not give the child enough support. I had even tried some cheap high tops (because I was having a hard time finding something to get her foot in) and our PT said take them back. They do not give her enough stability and support.
On the Spina Bifida lists they recommend Hatchbacks and New Balance shoes the most. New Balance use to sell split sizes and they don't do that anymore.
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
He's had SS for a year and a half and I've tried a ton of different shoes. You are right, Crocs do not work with them. I also haven't been able to stretch Robeez over them. We tried low top Converse, but found the canvas too hard to keep from bunching up whilr sliding his foot in. We have had luck with wide size sneakers from Payless and a few name brand shoes.
My son's feet grow reallllly slow so he wears out the shoes before he outgrows them.
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