Lydia’s casting for orthodics

Today Lydia had her casting session for her orthodic braces. The phyical therapist cast both of her feet up to the knee and will send the casts away so they can make braces. Lydia will wear the braces only at night and they’ll slowly stretch out her tendons so that eventually (we hope!) she’ll stop walking on her toes. Lydia did very well during the casting session, didn’t complain at all! As you can tell from the first picture she was being quite a ham. She looks a tad worried in the last photo – the PT was cutting the cast off and I think Lydia was a bit concerned at first!

***If you’ve landed on my blog from searching the ‘net for info on tip toe walking or serial casting or AFO braces, hello. This particular post here is one in a number I wrote about my daughter’s tip toe walking. I encourage you to start with this post instead. It encapsulates our journey more succinctly.***

One thought on “Lydia’s casting for orthodics

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello. Lydia is so sweet looking! I found your blog while searching toe walking. My son, Nathan is 5 and is a habitual toe walker. Has been for years. We don’t know why he does it, but he is flat footed and has a speech delay so in reading the Internet those things can be connected to toe walking. Just wanted to give you some encouragement on serial casting. At my son’s 4 yr checkup the pediatrician referred us to an orthodedist. Nathan’s heel cords were tight so he said that we needed the casting. He didn’t give any other choice. We casted for 8 weeks. We cried and worried over the prospect, but once they put them on, he was literly running (I have video to prove it) within 5 minutes. He actually ran out of the docs office. He went to preschool and everything normally. See with the boot on both feet, they are not off balance so he walked pefectly normal. He didn’t even limp. It itched the first few nights and we had to take baths in the sink with his legs hanging over, but we survived. Problem is that after he came out of them, it took him only one month to get back on his toes. The orthodedist said that there was nothing that he can do to break the habit. He has shoe inserts for his flat foot but he still walks on his toes 90% of the time. Two months ago, I bought him the “kangaroo” from and it works 100% of the time. Our insurance doesn’t pay for custom orthodics or PT so we had to go with this generic version, but it works and they were absolutely wonderful to work with. They cost $118. It fits inside his normal shoe and we cut it down so it is just above his ankle. His socks fit down over it so no one see it. We hate the thought that he needs it, but you can’t tell that he wears them and it has stopped our constant nagging (we try not to) and all of the “bribes” to walk flat footed. He still walks on his toes as soon as you take them off, but we are hopeful that over time he will break the habit and the orthodics are keeping his foot at the right angle for stretching. I worry about this all day long. So know that you are not alone. I welcome any comments or tricks that worked for Lydia. Coyboy boots worked good for us in the winter. Hang in there. Stephanie/Nashville, TN. My email is

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