Pediatric orthotics are used for many different types of conditions that can affect children’s ability to be themselves. If you’ve talked with your child about the need for orthotics but they are having difficulty grasping the concept, or if they are having trouble adjusting to their new equipment, here are some ways you can help them achieve greater comfort and mobility.
- Schedule Wear Time – Children who aren’t fans of their pediatric orthotics may not want to wear them. One way to achieve a balance between time in and out of the orthotic is to schedule times of day when it can be on or off. This way your child grows accustomed to wearing their pediatric orthotic slowly instead of having to adjust to wearing it full-time every day.
- Double Check the Fit – Children are constantly moving and growing, so complaints about a pediatric orthotic could be related to the fit. If you’ve noticed that the orthotic doesn’t work properly or is difficult to take on and off, you may want to check with your podiatrist to ensure that a new orthotic can be fitted to meet your child’s needs.
- Choose Something Fun – Pediatric orthotics can be intimidating for children, so allowing them to pick fun colors or designs may help them warm up to their new equipment. You may also want to select some fun new shoes to accompany orthotic equipment, so they feel comfortable and stylish when they wear their pediatric orthotics.
Ultimately, pediatric orthotics are designed to help a child become more functional in their daily life. If you have questions about your child’s existing orthotics or would like them to be fitted for new equipment, contact us at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics today.