Monday, May 9, 2011
Good Day RettGirls!
This week at RettGirl.org we are featuring Crocs! Why Crocs you ask? Because they absolutely are one of the best shoes for SMO's and AFO's. Without the special needs, adaptive pricing we all know and love! You can, of course find these in our Product Reviews under Clothing/Shoes.
We came by this by way of our daughter's Orthotic Specialist. A few fittings ago she was showing us the catalog of shoes that are suggested for AFO's and telling us about the size difference when she looked down at my Crocs. She kind of nudged me and said, "You know, I think those are the best things to wear over braces."
I gave her that confused Chiwawa head tilt. "What?"
She then explained how the shoes mold over the brace for a snug fit without being tight or causing pressure sores. She even told us that between sizes we can just take a hair dryer to the inside of them for about 30 seconds and stretch them a bit more when needed.
This year when it FINALLY quit snowing I was super excited to put my own daughter's Crocs back on. Her pressure sores on the inside and outside ankle bone were better the first day and gone within a week.
I do recommend consulting with your orthotist/therapist first. If they agree for your daughter's situation, then it's best to take your child with you and try the Crocs out with the braces on. You will need to go up 2-3 sizes from her actual without-brace shoe size. Keep in mind that these shoes are going to have a bit more bounce, so if she is ambulatory it may take her a bit to get her feet back under her. It took my girl a few minutes and she is very wobbly.
Have a great week everyone.
Happy shoe shopping!
Terri V~For RettGirl