Great AFO Socks, SmartKnitKIDS seamless sensitivity socksDecember 05, 2009 by Bill Strong Finding socks that work well with Gwendolyn's AFOs has been challenging. Most children's socks have raised bumps, lines, or patterns and are too big or too small or too high or too short. And it's not like Nike is manufacturing Dri-FIT technology socks for toddlers, so the fabric most children's socks are made of doesn't exactly wick the sweat away. Gwendolyn's AFOs are on almost all the time so any bump or line or seam or fabric issue can turn into painful sores pretty quickly. Not to mention that I'm sure they're uncomfortable.
We have to thank our friend Brad Fisher in Canada for this great AFO sock recommendation. They're called SmartKnitKIDS seamless sensitivity socks and they are PERFECT for AFOs. They come in ankle, crew, or knee lengths -- we've found the crew length to be perfect -- and they also come in many colors -- including pink and purple (phew!)
The only thing that isn't absolutely perfect for our situation is the fact that Gwendolyn wears a toe probe at night on one of her big toes for her pulsox machine. The socks are closed toed so we have had to cut a small hole in the corner of the socks to allow us to put on her pulsox probe without having to run the cord all the way up the sock. The good news is that the fabric the socks are made of doesn't fray so it's not that big of a deal. But, if SmartKnitKIDS would make an open toe version of their socks that would be wonderful...hint, hint SmartKnitKIDS
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