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Old 06-07-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Leg braces and shoes

My youngest DS (3) is being fitted for leg braces for some physical issues. Does anyone have or know of a child that wears leg braces?

Because of the width of the braces, my DS is going to need shoes that are alot wider that what he's skinny little foot wears now. He doesn't need anything that adds elevation, just something that can comfortably house the brace. I would love some opinions on what has worked for someone in a similiar situation.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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we had a child at the center I used to work at that wore leg braces on both legs. She wore reglar childs shoes, but in wide width. It was very helpful for us that her mom awalys bought shoes that were velcro. This gave us a eaiser time with gettn them on and off.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:15 PM   #3
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I did, but that was too long ago to count. Sorry. I do remember the shoes being more like first walker kind of shoes with very hard soles.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:22 PM   #4
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I wore them up until 4th grade (I am going into 10th). I just wore shoes that were bigger than my normal size. And I had some that were my normal size, because I didn't wear my braces on gym days and stuff. What issue does he have? I have mild CP.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:34 PM   #5
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I wore them up until 4th grade (I am going into 10th). I just wore shoes that were bigger than my normal size. And I had some that were my normal size, because I didn't wear my braces on gym days and stuff. What issue does he have? I have mild CP.
He has poor muscle tone in his quads. At this point the Drs and PTs are not sure if he has poor muscle tone because of the way he walks or he walks a certain way because he has poor muscle tone (kind of which came first the chicken or the egg question). He's taught himself to walk by locking his knees and hyperextending his legs. We've had him tested for CP (and pretty much everything else that you can imagine) and all tests have come back inconclusive. He's a frustration for most Drs because none of issues fit neatly into one medical problem or another- he's all over the map.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:59 PM   #6
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DS12 has been wearing braces for the past 10 years. He is hypotonic in his legs and his ankles pronate almost to the floor. I buy his shoes mostly at Walmart because they carry wide widths. The trick is to find a shoe that is deep enough to accomodate the brace and the foot. You need a wide vamp so you can fully open up the shoe to get his foot in there. I prefer velcro fasteners because they do open up pretty well.

Good luck with your shoes.
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:22 PM   #7
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I wore one as a baby with what were then the regular baby shoes (the white boot looking things), and then later mine were actually attached to what was like a hiking boot, with a steel shank in the sole. Even when I eventually only had to wear the brace part-time, I still had to wear steel-shanked shoes. I have mild cerebral palsy (and I haven't worn a brace since I was about 18).
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:42 PM   #8
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Kate, I'm Tinkerbelle 2992's mom. As she stated she wore braces (AFO's) until 4th grade. We would go to a local children's store store and the owner of the store was so helpful in fitting her with proper shoes. They were always tennis shoes, they needed to be wider and larger than her feet. The braces really tear up the inside of the shoes, and sometimes it was a struggle to get brace inside shoe. Fortunately, she no longer needs the braces, but we still go to CP clinic at Childrens Hosp every 6 months.

When she was first diagnosed she was still learning to walk and could not put heels down and walked on her toes. She's had surgery twice on right leg. We are so blessed she has only mild CP and is able to do anything she wants.

Good luck. Don't hestitate to pm me with any questions.
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I am a speech therapist and have worked with lots of kids with AFOs and SMOs. Many of them wear Sketcher brand or the Nike baby Pico type tennis shoes. I may be incorect, but I think the shoes work better for the braces if the bottom is flat (without a high instep on the sole) and I know that Sketchers run wide and the Nikes come in wide width.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:23 PM   #10
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Ask the orthodist who fits the braces what they recommend. I wear AFO's now and my orthodist recommended Ryka shoes because they have removable insoles and come in a wide width. (wouldn't work for a child as they are only made in women's sizes) But the orthodist usually know what will work for different types of orthodics.
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my baby is 2 yr and 6months old he has palsy and has to use walker to walk.. i use walmart shoes tennis shoes for him withe with he seems to do good with them
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My son wore a brace for his first few years of life for a club foot.

Did you get a referral to a specialist from the orthopedic? We did, and his shoes were specially made for a few years. After that we dealt directly with NIKE. They are/were so fantastic. For every purchase we made, we sent one shoe in, and they sent us a different size for that foot, as his feet are 2 very different sizes and widths. Our Dr was the one who suggested this, and I can give many kudos to them.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:34 PM   #13
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This is probably an incredibly stupid question, but are leg braces made different now than they used to be? I watched the first part of Forrest Gump the other day, and remembered that my cousin used to wear metal braces like they showed on the movie. This was 30 years ago, and I was thinking that I hadn't seen braces like that since, well, I can't remember when. I was wondering if they are different now, not as noticeable?
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:36 PM   #14
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:25 AM   #15
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Gson wears walmart shoes with his AFO's. Kicks for kids has some nice wide shoes also the place where Buddy's braces are made has wide shoes they did not hold up well tho.

For house shoes an sometimes playing Gson also has crocs they work well with the AFO's
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