Standard Surestep SMOs have a unique design. Unlike many other types of pediatric orthotics, the footplate stops well short of your child’s toes.
This is intentional. The size and shape allow for greater freedom of movement.
However, this design can also make it difficult to know when the child has outgrown their Surestep SMOs.
Here are a few common questions you may be asking:
How Long Do Surestep SMOs Typically Last?
Growth spurts make it difficult to predict how long a pair will fit.
On average, a pair of Surestep SMOs will last anywhere from 6 – 12 months.
What Does A Properly Fitting Surestep SMO Look Like?
Your orthotist may request a design variation, but the footplates of standard Surestep SMOs will stop just shy of the pinky toe. The plastic then swoops down behind the ball of the foot.
As your child grows, the plastic will slip further and further down.
The best indication that the SMOs are too small is when the plastic is coming near a specific bone in the foot called the fifth metatarsal head.
When this happens, it’s time for a new pair.
What If My Child Is Complaining About Pain?
Discomfort is another indication that the SMOs may be outgrown. If you see or hear any of the following, please contact your orthotist:
- Skin irritation that lasts longer than 30 minutes
If your child expresses discomfort, has an unwillingness to wear the Surestep SMOs, or the straps look like they need to be replaced, they may have outgrown their devices and it’s time to schedule a re-assessment.
What Should I Do If The SMOs Are Too Small?
If you suspect your SMOs are too small, please contact your local Transcend office. We’re happy to schedule a re-assessment. Although they work best when they fit properly, a pair that is slightly outgrown can still benefit your child.
Content Courtesy of Surestep.