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.