PT Corner: What a Difference a Shoe Makes
[Source: Dinosaur Physical Therapy]
The Importance of an Appropriate Shoe for Children with a Wide Range of Pediatric Gait Presentations
Shoe Recommendations are among the most common requests I receive from parents as well as other therapists. The proper shoe can make a world of difference. This post is dedicated to three typical gait presentations as well as our recommendations for the best children’s shoes and advice as you venture out into the world of footwear!
Note: I am a proponent of children participating in Physical Therapy sessions without shoes, to allow for proprioceptive input, promote intrinsic muscle strengthening, address alignment and balance reactions. I advise the use of a good supportive shoe when navigating in community and outdoor environments to ensure that in between therapy sessions, children are provided with the stability and support they require, as they develop the control on their own.
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