Sam had his orthopedic appointment this morning. The pediatrician had said to let him walk around the house in his bare feet, but the orthopedist said he needs the support of shoes because he's stretching out the ligaments too much. He bends his ankles way in, or "over pronates."
We got good news: they will not have to cast his legs and the supports are covered by insurance. They will look like the pink ones in the picture, but they will be in blue. The doctor had to order them, so we have to wait two weeks to start. He'll need to start wearing them for 2 hours a day and eventually work up to all day, except when he sleeps. He can't wear sandals anymore, either, and he'll have to wear socks. His feet get very sweaty, so hopefully he'll get used to them. Because of the supports he'll also be wearing size 6 shoes.
The doctor seemed to feel the maybe in six months to a year he won't need them anymore and can just wear little ones that slide into his shoes like odor eaters.
With all the therapists he'll be seeing (OT, PT, and SLP) I was glad to find that this will not be a big deal and that everything so far is covered by insurance, even co-pays.
I want to be proactive now, so that in a few years, hopefully, he won't need any more of this.