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At the appointment when we take your child’s measurements, you will be able to choose the color and design of the orthosis. Rather than trying to cover up or hide the orthosis, we encourage you to embrace it and make it fun! This is a chance to express your child's personality in a unique way.
You will be able to choose the following for the AFO:
Your orthotist will have samples to show you, but you may want to select from these colors and patterns before your appointment.
A properly fitting shoe is critical to the AFOs functioning effectively and ensuring that your child continues to wear the AFOs. Your orthotist may order orthopedic shoes for you, or he or she may ask you to bring a variety of shoes to your fitting appointment so that together you can find which pair works best. Ask your orthotist.
If you’re selecting shoes for your child, there are a few things you want to keep in mind:
Orthopedic shoe brands that are specially designed to be worn with orthoses include Answer2 and Keeping Pace. Other shoes you may consider are Champion, DC, Dinosoles, Fila, Keen, Merrell, New Balance, Nike (especially the Flyease), Peak, PLAE, Skechers, Stride Rite and Vans.
Check out these blogs for more shoe ideas and tips:
Your family is not alone in your journey. Although each child’s situation is unique, there are many other people who are experiencing similar challenges and emotions. We want to make it easy for you to hear from other Hanger Clinic families and to find educational and support resources online.
Read the success stories of Amber Konkol and Brooklyn Gibney.
Hear from a few Hanger Clinic parents:
“We wanted somebody that would listen to us, try new things, be able to work well with children, see their needs, and give them the opportunities that other children their age have. Hanger has really been there and listened to us and worked well with us.”
– Bob’s mom
“We work really closely with our orthotist. He works really closely with our therapist as well, and they get together and talk about what Mack needs. So that’s really good that they have such a good working relationship, and it’s not always us relaying information from the therapist to the orthotist and maybe losing stuff in there.”
– Mack’s mom
“When I saw her walking and standing for the first time, I was so proud. Because every father dreams of walking with their daughter down the aisle, and I thought ‘well, maybe someday…’ They built this [reciprocal gait orthosis or RGO] for her. It fights her nice and snug. It’s easy to get in and get out. It’s nice to be able to see your daughter standing. It’s something I never thought I’d be able to do. So I’m really proud of her and thankful to Hanger for everything they’ve done.”
– Hannah’s dad