At 14 months old and after two months of assisted walking we were not able to correct Delaney's ankle rolling and that big toe protruding outward (common in children with Down syndrome) kept dragging.
Andrea and I decided it was time to break out the piggy bank and buy Delaney her first pair of real walking shoes.
Delaney's PT Therapist recommended high top shoes with a flexible toe break and laces.
So after researching Andrea had us drive thirty miles away to the nearest Stride Rite to have Delaney fitted. We chose the SRT Soft Motion Duckling which had an impressive 5 out of 5 stars reviews! They were $44 which is extravagent for our budget considering she will grow out of them in just a few months, but we felt if they really helped her, we would sell the shirts off our backs.
We couldn't wait to get home and have Delaney try the shoes out and to my surprise she immediately seemed much more stable and walked better! It was money well spent for us.
There is still a chance that we will need to have orthotics made for her, but we are hoping these new shoes do the trick!