We picked up Little A's new AFOs this week...she seems to be tolerating them a bit better than her old ones. She kept them on for 3 hours yesterday before saying "shoes off".
Here is a pic...
Of course we then had to buy some new shoes to accommodate them. I don't think the lady in the shoe shop quite new what to make of us. She kept wanting to measure Little A's foot, and was a bit taken aback when I told her just to measure the AFO. I picked these shoes as (surprisingly) they were the easiest to get a foot and an orthotic into.
This was our first experience buying shoes with AFOs and I can see why other parents who have children with AFOs find it so stressful. It was obviously not what the shop assistant was used to dealing with, and I pretty much had to take charge and tell her how to help us. Sometimes you have to have a pretty thick skin being a SN mum, otherwise something simple like buying shoes can trigger the sadness that comes with being reminded (again and again) that your child is different.