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My son has been wearing Sure Step orthodics for about a month now. He has recently started limping and we were told it was the shoe. Sketchers were the recommended shoe but that isn't working for my ds, his feet are very high and his toes are getting squished from the top of the shoe (his toes are nowhere near the end). We saw a boy with crocs and just bought some but it isn't working either......Any recommendations?
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I am not familiar with sure step but my daughter wears shoes specially built for her AFOs.

I will have to look at her shoes to tell you what the brand name is. But these are also really good too.
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I'm taking notes. We're switching to SMO's and it was hard enough to find a shoe that his heel stayed in with his little foot braces.
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im not sure what your shoes are like etc, but i remember when i had my orthotics (cant find them now) me and my parents riped the built in inner sole out of the shoe to give the shoe more room for the orthotic. Our podiatrist reccomended doing that. We just used a cheap pair of sneakers and did that.
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She wears the TM 2000 shoe. It costs about $58 and has been nothing but wonderful.

I suggest getting seen at Shriners. They provide shoes for AFOs and AFOs themselves. They are amazing.
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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.
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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.
I disagree with your PT. If they are limping, it is a sign something is not right. It is wonky to keep them in something that is causing problems. Why not use AFOs? Why the Sure Step in the first place? I would suggest going to shriners and see what they think.
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I'm not sure why sure steps...do the AFO's go higher than the ankle......My ds was walking inward on his feet, so they recommended Sure steps.
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My dd has regualar AFO's, not sure what the difference is between them and the sure step.

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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My DD has suresteps too, for a year now, we're on pair #2- there's been a lot of trial and error. She has two pairs of sneakers that fit comfortably over them. One are Stride Rites, the others are Reeboks. I do not go for the hi-tops. People at stores have erroneously tried to convince me that they need to be hi-tops for ankle support. No, the SureSteps are doing that job, and the hi tops seem to pinch the back of her ankle where the plastic separates. So I get the regular shape, and I get wide if they have them, but always at least one size up than usual.

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.

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What about the the "Running Jumping Barefoot" shoes from preschoolians. There are several different styles including a Robeez style shoem with a sole vs the crib style sole on the actual Robeez. They will send you a free sizer. The shoes also come with two different with sole beds that can be changed out depending on what your child needs.

http://preschoolians.com/category.as...cp:pageSize=-1
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DD1 wears Suresteps. We've actually had the best luck with Payless as they often carry wide styles. And sometimes even regular width will fit.

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.

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I am not sure what a Sure Step is. Is that like a jumpstart?

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.

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Hi. My DD has worn sure steps for over a year and so far what has worked is converse high and low tops, and almost all Stride Rite shoes in the Wide width. Without the sure steps she would wear a 7 or 7 1/2 (toddler) narrow but with she wears an 8 wide. There is a Stride Rite outlet that I usually buy them, but Nordstrom online and Zappos.com also carry Stride Rite and Zappos has free returns. I have returned several pairs of other shoes to them trying to find ones that will fit over the sure step braces, and it has not been an issue.
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My son wears SureSteps also, for walking on the inside on his arch. He got 2 pairs of these shoes for Christmas and they are terrific! Keeping Pace One pair is the grey and white velcro closure sneaker and that's what he wears every day. It opens nice and wide to fit the brace in & you can peel out layers of the insole to get it the right fit. The other one he got is brown hushpuppy looking shoes with laces. We actually haven't tried those on yet because I like the lace up ones the best.

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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