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My 5 year old needs splints but unsure what they are and if they do any good
I recently went to an appointment with my son jake to see his specialist. He has spastic diplegia but thankfully can walk. He falls a lot because of his tightness. He is 6 next month and currently wears pierdios which he has been wearing for about 3 and a half years. When we seen jakes specialist she examined him and said he was very stiff and that splints may help this as they would continually stretch his muscles . I was a bit confused cause she explained to me that when a child only had one splint then they would have to have the shoe on that foot about 2 or 3 sizes bigger than the shoe on the leg without the splint. I then thought well maybe he is getting splints for both legs but then she said he will be getting the splint on his left leg (which is the worst ). Can anyone tell me how long children normally have theses for and also if they do any good and also what they are. I was in the doctors office a long time and was nt expecting her to say my jake needed splints so i never had any questions prepared , thanks , lesley xx