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Hypermobile 22 month old - special boots?

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inadreamworld Tue 26-Feb-13 19:08:29

My 22 month old DD is not walking yet,when she pulls up to stand her ankles bend to the side so she is putting weight on the outside of her foot. The specialist says she is hypermobile as she was late crawling and rolling too - she has had all the tests and has no other special needs and is developing normally in every other way.She is getting frustrated at not walking and walks around on her knees all the time.

I have heard that I can get special boots that would support her ankles and help her walk. Does anyone know where I can get them and if they are very expensive?

Bryzoan Sun 03-Mar-13 10:53:12

Just checked - ours are size 19. They are blue nubuck with velcro, still in quite good nick as she didn't really get to grips with them till they were nearly too small. I'd be delighted to send them on to anyone - would be good for them to get some use!

MerryCouthyMows Sun 03-Mar-13 12:39:18

Ask the Physio for a referral to the ORTHOTIST. They will assess your DD and see if she needs Piedro boots, or shoe inserts.

I have 3 hypermobile DC's. DD had shoe inserts until she was 7yo, still ruins her shoes but refuses to wear them now.

DS2 has severe Hypermobility, and was in Piedro boots 23 hours a day from 7mo until 4yo, and then just wearing then when out of the house until two years ago, when our orthotics dept closed for a while due to lack of orthotists. He's now back under them and will probably need shoe inserts at the very least.

DS3 is 2yo. He is getting shoe inserted next month.

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inadreamworld Mon 04-Mar-13 09:12:31

Olive thanks for the stickers idea i will try it!!

Bryzoan and proudmum74 I think DD is UK size 4 - haven't had her measured but the size 4 shoes fit her! That is such a kind offer to send me the 2nd hand boots...will PM both of you. In fact we will be off to Ireland for next few months to stay with mother in law so will send you her address and send me yours so can pay you for postage - really touched by that - MN is so lovely (except on those threads that turn into arguments which I avoid!!!)

Merry I will ask for referral to Orthotist - had no idea what the persons title was so thanks for that.

inadreamworld Sat 13-Apr-13 19:40:19

JUST TO UPDATE - DD STARTED WALKING ON HER OWN ALL ROUND THE GARDEN TODAY - 4 DAYS AFTER HER 2ND BIRTHDAY!!!! The boots really helped she has only had them for just over a month. Thanks to all the lovely people who posted advice and the lovely people who sent me 2nd hand boots flowers

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 13-Apr-13 20:46:17

fab news grin

smokinaces Sat 13-Apr-13 23:51:08

That's fab news. Ds2 had piedro boots from seventeen months and pulled to stand two days later. He had three pairs, then moved to orthotics in his shoes and the boots made his hips go instead. Then we went back to boots as he kept falling - but now we use standard velcro boots from Clarks or hush puppies. He is five and wears them to school as his hms puts him on the sen register. He asks to wear them as he finds them more comfortable than any other shoe or trainer, even high tops.

inadreamworld Sun 14-Apr-13 12:34:19

smokin that's interesting. How bad does hypermobility need to be to be considered SEN? What age did your son walk and what is his mobility like now?

smokinaces Sun 14-Apr-13 13:31:57

Hes on the register as the school need to be aware of the risk of him falling. He also has hypermobile wrists and fingers so they have writing aids for him and slopes.

He was nineteen months when he walked, but had been under physio and paed from eleven months as I have hms as well and it was obvious from birth he had it. His mobility now is excellent - as long as he is wearing his boots he can walk and run everywhere. He still trips and falls a lot, and gets sore legs in certain situations (like muddy walks, sand on beach etc) but the physio and stuff has really helped as he had it from a year until he was four. He's now five.

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