***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.***
Lydia’s new day-time braces came in! We got them last Friday but had to search for shoes that fit them. The braces are longer than her foot, and wide, so we had a dickens of a time trying to find the right shoes. Tonight we went to Stride Rite and found the cutest shoes, and they don’t look like ski’s on her feet. I think they look cute! She struggles a little bit walking in the braces because they will not allow her walk on her tip-toes. She’ll wear the braces for an hour Wednesday, then two hours on Thursday and so on until she builds up to eight hours a day. She has to wear them for eight hours a day every day. Once it’s pants weather I bet you couldn’t even tell that she had the braces on because her pants would cover them up. She’s got a super great attitude about them too, which is just awesome. I’m nervous for her to wear them to preschool, but kids are so much more accepting than adults, so I’m sure she’ll be fine.
This is the third thing we’ve tried to stop her from tip-toe walking, and I hope it works. We’ve tried squeeker shoes, night-time braces (which she will still wear) and now these day-time braces. She’ll wear these for at least six months. I hope these do the trick! Lydia’s entire tip-toe walking story is here (read from the bottom up). More pics: