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Timberland brand creates custom shoes for child with AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis)

Timberland footwear may be known for their rugged shoes but they should also be known for their “kind souls.”  The footwear company based out of New Hampshire recently went out of their way to provide a custom footwear solution, at no additional charge, for a THERAPY 2000 family member’s young daughter. The family was having issues finding shoes that fit over their daughters new AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis). THERAPY 2000, t2000.com is based in Texas and provides in home pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy for children with developmental delays and disabilities.Ira Kirkley’s (Executive Director of Strategic Development at THERAPY 2000) daughter was in need of some new summer shoes after a recent surgery and six weeks of wearing casts. Ira’s daughter has cerebral palsy and has received treatment from THERAPY 2000 since long before he became an employee. She needed new, larger AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis) to support her mobility. AFOs provide support for weak muscles and place the ankle-foot in the correct position for walking. As is common with children with cerebral palsy, walking is made difficult due to excessive tone in her muscles.  Though just what the doctor ordered, the family was having a difficult time finding a shoe that would fit over her new, larger AFOs. This is a common problem since most shoes are not wide-enough, too tight in the toe box or require lacing which is difficult for many children wearing AFOs.  Parents often turn to velcro strapped shoes as a solution but most are not designed long enough to stretch over the AFOs. Mrs. Kirkley found a pair of purple and pink Timberland sandals at a local retailer that she knew her daughter would love since they matched the color of her new[ap1]  AFO’s.  Unfortunately the straps weren’t long enough to fit around […]


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