My son, Merritt, was born with a left clubbed foot and congenital shortening of his left leg. Our journey in understanding his conditions and in seeking the best possible treatments has definitely had its ups and downs. This blog is my way of sharing our experiences. It is my hope that similarly situated parents may use information on this page as a resource and as inspiration. Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Used Orthotics

Merritt has outgrown his first pair of Mitchell Boots and his first Dobbs Bar. A little part of me wants to put both in a box and save them for forever, but a bigger part of me knows better! I found this website for donating used orthotics to needy children.

Here's a bit from the website:

In Uganda and Papua New Guinea they are utilizing used AFO's. "
We accept its not ideal to recycle AFO's but there is no local skill for making custom splints. So it's a matter of having enough pre-loved AFO's to find one to fit the required foot. The kids are actually lucky if they get a pair of shoes to help maintain position."

I think this is a great purpose! I've found a few other charities on the web that are geared toward treatment of children born with clubfoot, but this was the only charity I found that actually accepts used orthotics. Does anyone know of another?

Anyway, I'm sending Merritt's in... I hope you choose to do the same!


  1. What a great idea! You've got such a good heart.

  2. That was a really good post. It helped me to make sense of some of the issues with the subject.