Yes or no?
A couple of months ago, Dylan's PT mentioned the possibility of him needing orthotics. She told me about the benefits of Sure Steps . Does anyone have any experience with these?
Last week, I called the orthotist she had recommended to make an appointment. It can't just be that easy, though, c'mon! As it turns out, before we can see them, I need to have a prescription from Dylan's pediatrician faxed over there that says something along the lines of "please evaluate Dylan for orthotic need".
It sounded simple enough to me. Yeah. Not so much.
For whatever reason, Dylan's pediatrician will not do that, so I had to make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. Doesn't sound like that big of a deal, I know, but unfortunately the soonest appointment they have is at the end of March. And this is all for an evaluation! I don't even know if Dylan even needs orthotics at this point. Gr.
So, I was telling my friend this story (Hi Michelle! : ) and she gave me some interesting information. She had just been to the Down syndrome Clinic in Boston that day with her little guy and had specifically asked the PT there about orthotics. Her take on it is that it's actually more beneficial for most of our little ones to not use orthotics, but rather go barefoot for as much time as possible, thus strengthening the muscles naturally and encouraging proper foot placement.
This makes sense to me. It seems to be kind of along the same lines as my running shoe philosophy - using minimally cushioned running shoes to make one's foot placement more efficient.
But as I usually say, "What do I know?!".
Does anyone have any thoughts on orthotics? Does your Little One use them? Are they helpful? Necessary?
Thanks so much! : )