Yesterday at PT, Patrick the braces guy showed up with Gage's new brace and shoe for his right side.
The brace is more substantial at the top, around his leg, and gives him more support. He has been crouching more with his right side, and really stressing the back of his old brace. This one does have a hinge at the ankle, but there is a strap on the back to control how much movement he has.
His new shoes are just the Keeping Pace shoes that usually come with his braces, but the right one has a built-up sole to make up for the difference in length between his right and left legs.
Left (unbuilt) shoe
Right (built-up) shoe
I'll be honest. I hated the new set-up at first. I felt like the lift on the shoe just looked....special, for lack of a better term. The more he wears them, though, the more I get used to it, and the more I realize it's really not that obvious. Someone pointed out that they look like those Sketchers Shape-ups. It's just my own hang-up with built-up shoes shining through.
Gage is having to learn to walk in his new set-up. He's gotten used to that right leg being shorter, and walking to accommodate that. Now his foot hits the ground before he's ready for it to. I think he'll get used to it, and it will be better for him. Leaving it untreated puts him at risk for scoliosis and hip issues because he rotates his hips down to make that shorter leg "longer."