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Dec 21, 2008

I am getting a AFO for my left leg. I am not sure what type it is. I was casted and am waiting for it to come in. I am excited about it because it beats falling at my age. your body can only take so much of that.

I was told to get some long socks (so I did) 2 dollar plain white knee hi's at walmart.

As far as the shoes go ......I have hikers that I wear right now. He told me the next time I come to bring the socks and to look in my closet and see if I had shoes that are rounded nothing pointed.

He said with my hiker we can take the sole out so it will have more depth.
My question is: is there any adults on here that have AFO's and if so what kind of shoes did you end up getting to go with them?

He did not say if I would have to get bigger sizes or not.

thanks for your time.
Re: AFO's
Dec 21, 2008
I had AFO's when I was growing up (until I was almost ten). I wore tennis shoes most of the time. I think we had to go a half size bigger than normal in order for the AFO's to fit inside of them.

I hope this helps.
Re: AFO's
Dec 22, 2008
I have an AFO for my right leg. (I am right hemiplegic.) I was always told to get shoes with removable insoles, as it allows for more room for the "ankle" area of the brace, as they tend to be wide. If you can't find tennis shoes with a removable insole (BTW - New Balance works great.) just try to go with a wide-width. The orthotist that I see put a cushion in my shoe without the AFO so that I did not have to buy 2 pairs of shoes. It adds a bit of lift, as well so that my gait is not any more uneven than it already is. Good luck.

Re: AFO's
Jan 13, 2009
My son is 4 and he wears AFOs. He will be getting new ones in about a month or so. I bought him hatchback shoes with his last AFOs, and they worked really well. They cost 50.00 plus shipping. He had them for a year and they were well worth it. I had his therapist measure his AFOs so I knew exactly what size shoes to buy because they are so expensive. They have velcro straps on the sides and on the top which makes it very easy to put on the AFOs. I tried regular shoes, but they were so large, and he scissors, so he would trip over his feet.

I hope that helped.
Re: AFO's
Jan 14, 2009
Another shoe that one can buy on the internet that was made specifically for use over AFOs are Keeping Pace Shoes.

No personal experience with them as I haven't worn AFOs in a long time but it's an option.

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