My son has struggled with learning how to put his braces on by himself for the last year. Finally today, we had a big AhA! moment.
Formerly, we'd been trying to stick his foot down into the brace while he was in a chair with a stool infront or while he was on the floor. Today we realized that he can do it all by himself if he puts his foot infront of his brace, opens the brace and then slides his foot back into place. He was able to do it with AFO's and SMO's. Hope this helps anyone else out there who is trying to do this!
That's great news! Kaitlyn can take her braces off, but I haven't even thought about how we would teach her to put them on. Thanks for the tip! How's Noah doing overall? I think he had the SDR about 6 months before Kaitlyn, so he must be approaching 3 years post-op. Have you started to slow down the PT?
Hi Kaitlyns mom,
Yes, we have slowed his PT down to every other week this year. We don't do as much home therapy, either--although we still do some every week.
Noah is doing great. Still falls a lot, but is doing much more complicated manuevering around and over things.
The main thing we're working on now is trying to get his left heel down. He'll make progress on it, then find a way around it, back to his old patterns. We've been having him go barefoot more lately, trying to stand still with his heel down--that's helped him a lot. He seems to be improving some in this area, at least for now.
He'll always be in some kind of brace or orthodic on his left foot, because of the degree of pronation he has. St. Louis, on the other hand, would've had him out of braces by now. They have a different philosophy than the PT's here.
All in all, he's made great progress since the surgery and seems much happier overall. How about Kaitlyn--how is she doing?
Wow - sounds like Noah is doing really well. Good for him! Sounds like getting that left heel down is a bit of a challenge for him, but I'm sure that if he keeps working at it, he'll do great! As for Kaitlyn, she has made lots of progress since the surgery. She is walking independently in the house, but still uses her walker everywhere else. She just got some forearm crutches, and has really taken to them. She is getting PT 2x/week at school, and once privately, which continues to be helpful.
I'm glad to hear that Noah is doing so well! Thanks for the update!