Has anyone's child had leg splints??

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Has anyone's child had leg splints??

Postby Ellie'sMum » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:19 pm

My daughter Ellie has very mild left hemi, and she's started to pull herself up to walk, sadly she has also extreamly flexable joints, which alothough its an advantage when it comes to moving her arm around it's not when it comes to standing.

She has started to bend her 'good' ankle in to help her with her balance, which now means that both ankles are not developing normally and her supportive boots are not enough to strengthen her ankles so she's going to have splints fitted, now her physio has give me a run through of whats going to happen, but i was just hoping that someone had a personal veiw of what happens and how it helps and what it was like afterwards when your child was using them?

Fingers crossed someone has some experiance on this :)

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Postby LizinTX » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:52 pm

If you are talking about AFO's or braces, then yes, my daughter has them. I am not really sure what you are asking, but they don't really bother her at all. She puts them on in the morning and wears them all day long. In the summer time, we tend to switch and she wears them all night long--so she can wear cute little sandals in the summertime.

If you are talking about having them fitted. What we do is they make a cast of her leg, then make the brace. The cast only takes about 10 to 15 minutes at the most, then about two weeks later we get the new brace. It isn't traumatic or anything at all.

As for helping? To be honest I didn't think it helped that much at first, but then she didn't wear it for about three weeks--she had out grown her old set and insurance was slow about the next set--anyways, I noticed that within the first week, she was dragging her left foot a lot more and it was turned in a whole lot more, which caused her to toe walk a whole lot more. After we got her new ones back on, these problems nearly disappeared so I know that they do help.

Hope this helps :wink:
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Postby sarahsmom » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:48 pm

Sarah has had AFOs (braces) for a little over a year. While they helped a little bit, it wasn't enough. She started with serial casting (today was the first day actually). They cast her feet into walking casts that she wears all the time. Each week they cut her out of the cast and move her foot a few more degrees towards 90 (she always has her toes pointed out and stands on her toes). I've read a lot about serial casting and that it can help a bit for many children. Perhaps that can help your child??
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Postby Angeiscoool » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:55 pm

I had this done as a child, one thing you have to watch out for though it the inflection at the thighs, mine went unchecked and has disintegrated my right hip over the years, I can still bear weight on it, but trying to walk is really painful. My castings went on for 5 years 3,4,5,6 a gap then 8 years old. and really the wedge my dad made worked better, but a friend of mine who had casting done sort of worked except she walks on the sides of her feet now.

Don't let this put a doom and gloom on it for your daughter, things have come on a long way in 20 years. but the human body and any form can only be bent so much.
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Postby LeaciesMum » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:58 am

Hi there, my girl (almost 4) has been wearing AFO's (ankle foot orthosis) since she was about 12mths old. She has what I call her 'funky feet' as they turn so far out they almost go backward and she stands on the inside of her ankle not the soles of her feet. So YES the AFO's make a huge difference for her stability. The only trouble is once she learnt to bunny hop (crawl) she couldn't do it in her AFO's and of course she prefers to be mobile so she's wearing them less and less.

I've heard the downside for hemi's is because you have to buy larger size shoes to accommodate the AFO you either need to find someone that makes odd matching shoes, buy two pairs or have the shoe on the good foot way too big. A good tip is if you can take the innersole out of the shoe it makes a fair bit more room that way you can buy them so as they're not several sizes bigger than needed.
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Re: Has anyone's child had leg splints??

Postby Ellie'sMum » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:40 pm

Thanks for all your replies.

Well she's had her AFO's for a few months now and sadly because they are so big (taking her from a size 4 to a 7) she has started to walk with her toes overlapping, so we're back to square one, and like LeaciesMum said she can't crawl in them or move around much at all so we've been adviced by her physio to take them off and just use her Piedro special shoes, but these are heavey and she finds it hard to lift her feet so not she's dragging or walking on her toes.

So all in all we've not made much progress but we have made some, so i'm determined to stay positive, after all she is doing much better than her Dr thought she would be at this stage

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Re: Has anyone's child had leg splints??

Postby suemairi » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:43 pm

I was just wondering why the splints are so big. When my little boy was first fitted with splints we really struggled to get shoes that weren't several sizes bigger and he looked ridiculous, like he had huge feet. After our first trip to a shoe shop I cried!! Our physio told us they should only ever be around a size bigger (and wider) and to go back to Orthotics if this wasn't the case. Wen went back and the guy there told us to buy cheap trainers a size bigger than his feet and he took the soles out and was able to fit them on,much to our amazement! It turns out we just weren't trying the right type of shoe and weren't sure of the best way to put them on. We had even gone to a specialist child shoe shop and they had insisted we needed several sizes bigger which turned out to be rubbish. We are now quite good at judging what type of shoe will fit..usually about a size bigger than his feet, a wide fitting shoe and will long velcro straps coming across. We don't just buy cheap shoes either. We usually go somewhere like Brantannas and get nice ones but for a decent price. (Our physio recommended 2 splints, purely for symmetry as his right side fine so we don't have an issue with needing 2 differenty sizes thankfully) It may be more difficult to find girls shoes though.

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Re: Has anyone's child had leg splints??

Postby Ellie'sMum » Thu May 06, 2010 12:20 am

Ellie is now walking, well taking a few steps on her own and with her walking frame!! so she no longer uses her splints during the day, instead she now has to sleep with it on, just for a few hours though.

Sadly she's figured out how to take them off, even with a sock covering them, so does anyone have any idea's about how to deal with this? we've tried putting them on when she's sleeping and we end up waking her and her sister up, she won't leave them on if we put her to bed in them and the physio's are running out of ideas, so can anyone else help?

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Re: Has anyone's child had leg splints??

Postby Garryepolwe » Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:22 am

Thank you for the informative posts.

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Re: Has anyone's child had leg splints??

Postby akshayv » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:54 am

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