Surestep SMOs have helped thousands of kids stand, play, take first steps, and much more.
But there’s a bit of a learning curve. With these answers to common questions, you’ll already be a few steps ahead.
You have a few options.
The simplest is to grab a washcloth or paper towels and use the soap and water you already have around the house. The braces can get wet, but be sure not to submerge them. This could cause the foam padding to pull away from the plastic. When you’re finished cleaning, allow the SMOs to air-dry.
A second option is to use isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol along with a cotton cloth.
Supra malleolar orthotic. Yeah, it’s a mouthful.
Although wearing shoes around the house is ideal, especially for more active kids, sliding socks with grips or tread overtop of the SMOs can be an easy, comfortable alternative.
Surestep SMOs were born out of innovation. From uncommonly flexible plastic to the compression method to footplates that don’t confine your child’s toes, there are plenty of reasons you want to ask for Surestep by name.
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This varies wildly based on your child’s age and diagnosis.
We recommend getting kids in SMOs as soon as they present with development delays. Kids often wear three or four pairs of SMOs before graduating on to shoe inserts.
If your child complains about pain or if the braces leave excessive redness, they may be too small. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your orthotist. He or she may be able to adjust the SMOs without having to replace them.
Also, keep the trim lines in mind. Surestep SMOs feature a unique design that begins just short of your child’s pinky toe. It then loops behind the ball of his or her foot.
If the entire pinky knuckle bone (called the fifth metatarsal head) is free, the SMOs are probably too small.
Unlike most other companies, Surestep does not require casting for its SMOs. Instead, your orthotist will take a few simple measurements.
This saves time and allows you to avoid an uncomfortable experience, especially if your child has sensory concerns.
Every pair features R and L stickers to help you keep them straight.
There’s also a rule of thumb to remember. When worn correctly, the footplates will be longer on the outside and shorter on the inside.
This can be the most frustrating part for a lot of parents. Familiar brands and styles may not work.
Look for wide sizes that feature deep toe boxes. For more tips and recommendations, check out a previous post.
It varies from child to child. Typically a pair of SMOs will last between nine and 12 months, but growth spurts make that hard to predict.
If they look too small, be sure to schedule a fit check.