Our daughter had an appointment with her orthopedic doctor today. She’s been seeing him since she was about three years old; she’s nine now. That doesn’t sound like much until you figure in that she might see him 2-3 times a year when her feet were really growing or she needed new braces for some other reason. So, basically, she has had ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs) since she was about 3-4.
At the end of the school year last year, I took her in because she needed new AFOs. I can’t remember why now, but I think it was just that she was rough on them. She likes to run and jump and move about and eventually that takes a toll on the ankle portion of the AFO. Anyway, we went in and her doctor was so impressed with her progress that he said she could have the summer off, free of braces. That is a wonderful thing – the braces would come up to just under her knees and being basically plastic, they do cause a lot of sweating in warmer weather. We were very happy.
So today we went back as a follow-up. Her doctor had asked us to bring her in at the end of summer to she how she was doing; we got a little behind and managed to get an appointment today. He said she looks great and she doesn’t need the AFOs anymore! I am SO happy! So is she; she was always patient about putting the AFOs on and did fine wearing them, but you can see how much more she enjoys running and jumping now.