Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Legs!

Hannah was fitted for some nifty AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthotic) braces this month and has been wearing them for a couple weeks now.

Her feet are very flat (common to Down syndrome) and they also turn under severely.  So much that she's almost walking on the insides of her ankles. Ouch!  These will help to support her ankles, while positioning them properly for walking and standing. It will also help her to have better balance as she's still learning to walk independently.

I wasn't sure what to expect when we went for our fitting.  But they turned out really, really cute!  They have a heart patten on them and they are incredibly thin and lightweight.  We even able to use the tennis shoes that she was already wearing.  The braces that Naomi was wearing at the orphanage are about 3 times heavier than these.  Hannah wasn't sure at first, but once he put them on, she was all smiles and was up and walking right away.  Now she actually helps me to fasten the velcro when we put them on.
Cute pattern!

1 comment:

  1. That's just what I thought, she will be up and running in no time. You will have your hands full chasing after those girls! :)

    The braces are lovely! Very girly-like.. :)