I made a mistake the first time. He does not wear AFOs in the day but SMOs as he is flat footed.
I did extensive research and it seems that the use of orthotics is not proven for this condition. We are going to phase them out with the help of the NDT physio. He falls alot with them on.
It sounds like your son is wearing the AFOs during the day. I believe most of the younger boys wear the AFOs only during the night while they're sleeping to help stretch. This is what my son's neurologist had him start doing when he was first diagnosed.
I hope this helps!
AFO's function is to stretch not to support boy's walking. It actually causes more inconvenience for our boy's walking I believe. So, it should be used at night time.
Hi Angelique. Are the SMO's inserts that he wears in his shoes? From your description I'm guessing not.
We have been given shoe-inserts for our little boy (almost 4 years old) as he is flat-flooted also. We were told that flat-footedness can put unwanted pressure on the supporting muscles of the foot and leg as it can cause the ankels to turn inwards.
The inserts we have are really tiny, however, and I don't think my son has even noticed them in his boots. They are quite soft and give his feet a subtle arch in the right place. Perhaps you try these for your son's flat-footedness?
My son's walking changes a lot. His toes are inward a lot in balacing himself. Is SMO workable for him ? Where did you purchase the inserts ?