Review: SureStep SMO’s for pediatric low tone pronators (note for Parents at end of post)

When I first heard about the SureStep SMO’s I was curious about how they worked. I asked myself, “How can a flexible plastic, with the toes free, taken by measurements SMO fit and be more functional than what I can currently provide for patients?” There was only one way to find out and that was by trying them out. I now have fit upwards of 30 patients with the SureSteps and I am convinced that they work and work well. The patient outcomes I have seen have been amazing. I have seen children instantly go from being unsure on their feet and barely pulling to stand to being able to cruise and take steps in a matter of days.

Measuring for the SureSteps is a breeze and not scary for the children. Fitting is a simple process and the outcomes are sometimes inexplicable. I never ceased to be amazed of how many times I hear, “…how can a little piece of plastic do that.” One of main reasons I like the SureStep is that it relies on hydrostatic loading and compression to get the correction at the calcaneus and through the medial arch. When there is compression over a larger surface area the potential for skin breakdown is minimal. If you have a low tone pronator you may want to give this a shot.

Note For Parents of children with Down’s Syndrome: The SureStep SMO is a great way for your children to gain stability while walking and address concerns about flat feet.





Filed under Reviews of Designs for AFO's, SMO's and other orthoses, Tips for Parents of Brace Wearers

2 responses to “Review: SureStep SMO’s for pediatric low tone pronators (note for Parents at end of post)

  1. bobby

    For a child diagnosed with autism, who has low tone. Will the sure step braces work for this child?

    • Thank you for stopping by lifEnabled. I have multiple pediatric patients that are affected by autism that excel in SureSteps. They provide a great deal of support while allowing all normal active movements such as getting on toes and going into a deep squat. I have one boy that is actually preparing to run a 5K in them! One thing you want to make sure is that you actually receive SureSteps, there are many companies that will make “knock-offs” but I assure you that they are not the same. I am in no way affiliated with SureStep but as an orthotist I have seen the many gains from their product and I have become a fan. Let me know what you decide to do. If you would like to talk further, email me and I will gladly provide my contact info.

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