The braces themselves are quite a bit different from the DAFOs she's been wearing for the last year. SMO braces only come up just past the ankle, whereas Whitney's current DAFOs come up almost to her knee. The physical therapist is confident Whit has enough leg strength and now just needs to make sure her ankles don't flex inward. I'm sure it'll take some getting used to, but anything to help her better support her own weight is welcome.
By not going as far up the leg, the SMOs will allow much more ankle movement. We're hoping that will allow for some more natural walking movements. It should also be much easier for Whit to go up and down stairs.
Best of all Whit got to choose a pattern with doggies for the velcro straps. The measurements and molds will be sent off and we should get the new braces sometime next month. I'll report back on how it goes.