Thursday, December 10, 2009


I don't know what I did differently, but whatever it was... it worked! I finally was able to upload pictures - WOOHOO!!! I got to poking around & found pictures that were directly on the computer vs. in a program & they uploaded. Almost to easily... None the less, they're up!

Here's Miss Vaeh's orthotics - she's had them for a couple of months now & I'm amazed at the difference they made! She started walking much straighter & doing so much better with jumping & going up/down steps just by putting them on. Her therapists were tickled at how much they helped, too! So finally, here's a couple of pictures of what they look like...

SMO(supramalleolar orthosis) & UCB (submalleolar)

The back view

The SMO - this is to give her more stability.
We had to get her a pair of shoes that were 2 sizes too big to accommodate the brace & give her a little room to grow. The purple thing on the front of the brace is a "toe spreader" & it helps to keep her toes down flat vs. curling like the tend to do. It all works together to make her more stable & to help her strengthen. They really seem to be doing the trick, too! She's running around like a crazy little 3 year old... just what I've always wanted!
Her therapists tell me that there's a good chance that the SMO can be cut down to a UCB in the future as she gets stronger & that there's even a chance she won't need them eventually!! How awesome would that be?!?! She goes back in February to have them checked to see if they need adjusted because she's grown. I'm sure they'll have to make some changes. About 2 weeks after she originally got them, we went back up to have them put a toe spreader on the left & the orthotist said "she's grown already"... ugh! Oh well, its a good thing we got the shoes so big!!

1 comment:

The Portas said...

I'm so happy that they are working so well for her! I noticed the other day that Elijah's AFOs are WAY too small. Oops, guess we should look into that.

Go Vaeh!! Keep on running and jumping and dancing around like a 3-year-old!