One of the most frequently asked questions by parents of children using Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO’s) is, “What socks should be worn with the AFOs?”
Parents are rightly concerned. Children with ankle and foot problems often have to wear orthopaedic devices for prolonged periods.
Inappropriate or badly fitting socks can seriously undermine treatment. Discomfort, sores or even blisters can be distressing for children and can lead to resistance of AFO’s and even periods when they cannot be worn.
Socks used with AFO’s should be good quality, well-fitting to avoid creases and should not have seams where they can cause irritation. The socks should be moisture wicking and have sufficient leg length to extend beyond the AFO’s.
The best protection against blisters and sores are double layered socks like those used by long distance runners. Double layered socks virtually eliminate skin friction.
Black Robin Designs has created the only double layered socks in children’s sizes. They have been designed specifically for young AFO users.