Back in January, our physiotherapist suggested getting Little Red a different pair of orthotics when she had outgrown the pair she had. Even though they were helping, the ankle on her right foot was being more supported by her shoes than the orthotics themselves. You could actually see where the right shoe was beginning to lean in from months of wear.
THE NEW ORTHOTICS
I hesitate to tell you guys how much these cost, but at AU$135 for each foot, the pair is around two and a half weeks of Little Man’s daycare fees! The reason I’m mentioning it at all, is because a few days after I ordered these we got confirmation of being approved for the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). So, hopefully in the future we won’t be out of pocket. Since they’re likely to be something she may have for life, it’s obviously quite a big deal for us AND her when she is an adult.
NEW SHOES AKA GLITTER THERAPY
Except for the colour, these are the exact same version of the ones from my last post. I purchased them (again) from Kmart for AU$17 because it is the best place I have found regarding shoes that will support the orthotics. Many children’s shoes, trainers and boots are either extremely soft or will easily become that way with a short amount of wear. I find these are pretty firm, especially on the inside part of the ankle where Little Red’s foot needs the help. They are honestly the best I have found and even our physio agrees they’re good – and she is super hard to please!
PUT THEM TOGETHER
Unlike the other pair of orthotics we had, where they were simply in the sole of the shoe all of the time, these you put on the feet first, and then the shoe.
LR’s walking is so much better in these. Her steps are way more confident and assured. She looks stronger and almost like she is standing up straighter. The Occupational Therapist who fitted her thinks she may go back to the other orthotics one day, so hopefully time in these will drastically help her muscle tone and gait. I suppose only time will tell.
It actually warmed by heart when we got home from picking the orthotics up. I asked LR to sit down so I could take a look and put them on her. The other two kids gathered around, as I worked out how to do it. They were really intrigued, with Little Man and Copperhead both keen to help. Although I don’t think they fully understand why Little Red has her “special shoes”, they readily accept it. There’s no jealousy or sulkiness because she has something the others don’t. In fact, when the girls and I went to Kmart to get a bigger size of shoes, Copperhead kept saying “special shoes, special shoes”. I like that the whole family is involved. Hopefully the sibling interest and support will make life easier for our Baby Bear over the years too.