DAFO stands for Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthoses. In other words a leg brace that supports the ankle and foot. For Soren this is very important because he is not a fan of freestanding (though word on the street is that he does it at school). But for him to stand properly, either in a stander or on his own, he needs to have his foot properly positioned. On his own, Soren would turn in his feet instead of planting them squarely on the ground. So his DAFOs put his foot at the right angle and give him the support he needs.
DAFOs are custom made to fit a child's foot and ankle. A mold is taken and the brace is then made with special padding that hits particular points for proper positioning. Soren's braces are made by a company called Cascade. When custom-making these braces, you get to pick out colors and ribbon details. And since Soren doesn't express his opinion on this, I have made the choices for his past 2 pairs of braces.
We got his first pair right after Soren turned 2. So, in my mind, Soren was still more of a baby. So I picked out green and cute dots for his details, appropriate for a little boy.
Well, when it was time for Soren's 2nd pair, he was a big boy of 4! Time to toughen-up that image, I thought. So check out Soren's cool new DAFOs.
Nobody's gonna mess with a kid rockin' these flames! These babies say, "I'm rough and ready to stand on my own!"