Gliding Stars’ Orthotic Ice Skates are designed for individuals wearing AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis), RGOs (Reciprocating Gait Orthosis), or SMOs (Supra-Malleolar Orthosis).
These include people challenged by cerebral palsy, spina bifida or other physical challenges. This skate has 21 individual modifications from a basic figure skate, most notably a widened heel pocket and extra ankle wrap to reach around the orthosis.
The heel has also been substantially reduced to enhance Achilles tendon stretch and match the flat bottom and correct angle of the orthotics. Sizes range from child 7 to Adult 9, and this model runs much larger than traditional shoe sizing.