I was checking out a yahoo group for clubfeet today when I found a post by a mom about shoes for AFO's. I have seen this site before
And was not thrilled. The shoes don't look like normal shoes for an older child.
So when I saw this site
I took a cautious look.
What I found thrilled me! Normal looking shoes! That are specially made so it is easier to put on without destroying the back of the shoe. And specially made to allow for a child who only wears one AFO. AND the best part... specially made to HIDE a shoe lift. That's right, they hide the lift between the shoe and the sole. Brilliant. Obviously designed by a frustrated mom like me. I took a peak at the designer stories.
I had tears in my eyes when I read this
I have come to dread picking up our new personally designed and meticulously crafted AFOs, because it would be followed by endless hours of shopping and searching for a pair of shoes.
I can truly relate.
I called the company immediately and found out they do have a distributor here in Canada but I need to order through an orthotist. That shouldn't be a problem. And they are pricey. Not sure how much, will have to look into it. But, sometimes, cost is worth it.
Now off to spread the word to a few moms I know who have little ones with leg length discrepancies and Jamie with a 2 yr old with the same condition as Matthew. I bet they will be as excited as I am!