Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Shoe Saga Begins

We picked up her AFO yesterday then immediately hit the shoe stores.

I had heard Stride Rite could well be *the* place to go, due to their selection of wide width shoes. So, I had already braced myself for that. I don’t typically buy expensive shoes. But I understood our dilemma. And since LilBit’s feet *are* so small, quite short, like 0-6 months socks, short, at 15 months, I was getting myself ready for the expenditure of these shoes. Not confident other stores would carry shoes that would fit well.

But, not yet willing to give in, we tried Target. That was a no go. Mostly because the particular store we went to had a super crappy selection, but nonetheless, that was strike one.

Two doors down was a Shoe Carnival. What the heck? They had a super crappy selection of baby shoes too! Oh if you want Nike or Kswiss you could choose from several pair, but that wasn’t what I was looking for, preferably. Strike two.

Next came Payless. Payless has wide width, we might make out ok there. Wrong! First I had the sales gal who thought she knew what she was doing but she really wasn’t helpful at all. Then when she noticed I wasn’t impressed with her ‘expertise’ she just bailed.  Strike three.

That’s when I recommitted myself to the Stride Rite idea. *ouch* Our PT advised us to not spend a lot on the shoe, it wasn’t necessary, she had the ‘pricey shoe’ already, the AFO. She just needed something with the proper bottom and all. I’m guessing she’s never actually *shopped* for shoes to fit over AFOs. Oh sure, she’s talked to parents who have, but I’m thinking she’s never actually been on that boat,  looking for a place to dock.

Mind you, I did have a certain style in mind. Not that that was *the* only style I was going to accept, just, ya know, that’s what I was going to try first. I had something in mind, I was going to exhaust those options before moving to option B.

So I get to Stride Rite and the sales gal there starts off pushing this ‘option B’ looking style. Blah. It was very….not attractive. NOT what I was hoping for. Um, no.

I point out styles I was hoping for, she brings out a couple.



What about these?


Or these aren’t bad.

Oh, those might work.

And I really like these.


I have LilBit crawl around in them for a while.


She crawled out of the shoe. Not the AFO one, the other side. I was afraid of that. It was along the lines of (yes, this is a Target shoe and I said I was at Stride Rite..I was just already browsing Target shoes again and came across this shoe nearly identical to the one  I fell in love with at SR…that LilBit crawled out of 😦 )

So, you see, this meshy, open-ish, sandal-esque kind of style is what I was hoping for. It’s nearly summer afterall…in Alabama. I wanted to make her first summer in AFOs to be as comfortable as I could make them. Offering summery, breathable shoes to fend off sweaty feet.

I tried a more Mary Jane style shoe.


T-straps were out too as they wouldn’t open up enough.

I’m hoping to find something like this:  I see that the back has a velcro strap, hopefully the top opens wide enough. The next concern here is the openness of the back. They are like the ones linked above…without a full back, just a strap. I don’t know how that will do on her un-AFO foot.

Next choice, I think we’re looking at some Chucks. Not necessarily pink, not necessarily velcro, but, anywho.

Until then, LilBit shall be sportin’ these (not my first choice, I don’t care for character shoes/clothing items)***8********BG40544*W070&stockNumber=BG40544&showDefaultOption=true&subCatId=cat1530651SR&subCatTabId=&viewall=

If I can figure out how to get a pic from my iPhone to the blog, I’ll post. But, you might have to wait for a phone dump day…or for me to remember to take a pic with the Nikon. So, yeah, links will have to do for now.

Oh, I guess I could probably manage a pic fairly soon. I need to snap a shot of her AFO :p (with the real camera, I mean)


1st Physical Therapy Eval

LilBit had her first PT appointment today.

She was impressed with her crawling. Said she was doing really well there. Then noticed how she doesn’t use her left leg much. She pulls to a stand now, but she just drags her left leg up then stands on it. Not bearing a lot of weight on that side.

We were shown an exercise to help with that. We are to encourage her to step to the left, leading with that weaker leg. LilBit did really well with that. She *would* move it just as she should. She just doesn’t do that on her own, she’d rather lead with her right and bring her left up to meet it.

So, we’ll be working with her on her standing and working toward ‘cruising’.

And…she’ll be getting AnkleFootOrthotics. Her left ankle tends to roll in and she’s lacking a good arch on that foot. So, she’ll be sporting a tiny little splint to help with all that. Meanwhile, her right foot will benefit from a simple shoe insert.

Nothing too fancy right now. I’ve seen that you can customize AFOs in some really cute ‘n funky ways. But, we weren’t given any options. These aren’t custom fitted numbers, so, maybe that’s why? But anyway, in just a few short weeks we’ll go pick those up. She’ll have to wear them all the time. That means I have to find some good socks to keep her feet from getting/staying all sweaty this summer. I’ll also have to find some shoes that will fit over it all.

I had planned on a summery pair of Robeez knock-offs…but I am not sure if that will work. If those will fit or even if she ought to wear that style of shoe. We’ll delve into that more when we go for our follow up and to retrieve the AFOs.

So, no actual ‘therapy’ right now. Just work on getting her to put weight on that left leg, to cruise, leading with the left, using the AFO. Once she’s actually walking, we’ll go from there. There’s more therapy to do at that stage…not so much at this ‘not quite walking’ stage. 😉