|The shoes Ben is wearing are especially for use with AFOs.|
This time, before we went in for casting, Ben visited an orthopedic surgeon. I wanted a new set of eyes on Ben's pronated feet, which seemed even more pronounced lately. The surgeon suggested Botox, something he did not do, but our neurologist certainly would do.
|Ben's new PT shared with me that in some places, they are not aware|
of the special shoes and socks that can be used with orthotics.
Although the physiatrist's office offers Botox injections, she first suggested a few other things that are less invasive. The doctor wanted to start a dialogue with Ben's physical therapists and orthotist about Ben's walking issues and how to make them better. A novel idea - talking with other people who work with Ben on a regular basis to determine a treatment plan. I was quickly impressed with her team approach and Ben loved her long hair and doting staff - we were hooked!
The result of the discussion with the PTs and Steve was harder plastic on Ben's AFO's and adding braces to wear on his legs while he was sleeping. One of Ben's issues is that he bends at the knee when he walks. This is a result of weak and tight hamstring muscles. The harder plastic is supposed to give more stability and the night brace will stretch the hamstring muscle.
|There are special socks specifically made for use with AFOs.|
From afar, I watched Ben walk at a church family gathering on Friday and felt sure his heels touched the floor most times he took a step, and he was not slouched in the knee either. A+ for the team!