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Tips for Parents of Pediatric Orthotic Patients

Being a parent of an orthotic patient can be stressful at times. An orthotist can help you and your child feel at ease - from the fit, style, function, and wearing of orthotics.

Pediatric orthotic patient receiving care at Integrity

The Appointment:

To ease any nerves, here is insight on what to expect at a pediatric orthotic appointment with Integrity

  1. We will discuss the concerns, needs, and develop a plan.

  2. We will obtain your child's measurements to assure a custom fit.

  3. You and your child will be able to choose a color and design of the custom orthotic - with a wide variety of colors and designs to choose from, your child will be able to make their orthotic personal to them.

Buying Shoes to Fit the Orthotic (If applicable):

An important part of wearing an orthotic is a properly fitting shoes (depending on the case). The shoe your child chooses to wear needs to be comfortable, but secure in order to wear the orthotic properly. Depending on the specific needs of your child, our Orthotists may order custom orthopedic shoes, and they will help you determine what is the best option. Here are a few helpful tips for selecting shoes for your child to wear with their orthotic:

  1. A shoe with a removable sole will create more room for the orthotic

  2. Shoes with an extended tongue and staps/ties work best for the ease of fitting a brace

  3. Although hightop shoes support the ankle, it may not fit with a brace

  4. There is a variety of modern brands that are designed to fit with an orthotic, check with your Orthotist for recommendations.

Don't Forget the Socks

The proper sock is important when wearing an orthotic. The sock serves as the barrier between the brace and the skin. There are actually socks that are purposely designed to be worn with an orthotic. Your orthotist will explain everything the patient needs at their appointment.

  1. Find a sock that is moisture-wicking, wrinkle resistant, and seamless

  2. Look for a cotton blend - socks need to be breathable, but still hold their shape

  3. Integrity will recommend the best sock for each patient's needs.

Find Support by Connecting With Others

Your child and family's situation may be unique and unordinary from those you know, but rest assured, that you are not alone in your journey. Connect with others who have similar challenges in order to feel more at ease with your situation. There are many support groups available, even online, for you and your child.

When your child needs orthotic care, it can be stressful at first. If you contact the professionals at Integrity, our customized service and our experienced staff will guide you and your family every step of the way.

Make an appointment today: (863) 937-9200



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