I took her to an orthopedic specialist 3 weeks ago, who measured her feet, observed her walking and running and took notes on what he thought would be best for her. Since she is pretty young, we're hoping that her new ankle braces will help to strengthen her ankles and also correct her pigeon toed feet. Lily's ankle braces are what's called a Bilateral SMO. SMO is the acronym for Supra-Malleolar Orthosis. The SMO, gets its name for the part of the body for which is encompasses. This orthosis helps to support her leg just above her anklebone or the malleoli. It's considered the shortest of the Ankle Foot Orthoses or AFO. For Lily, she has it because she has very soft, flexible and flat feet due to the width of her foot. This SMO is designed to help maintain her vertical heel while also supporting the three arches of her foot and improve her walking and balance. #Winning!
Wish us luck as we try this new adventure!