Your child 3-5 years

Feet turning: what to do?


Your child has a funny attitude when he walks. His feet turn! He often loses his balance. He sometimes stumbles or falls. Apart from the aesthetic aspect, you are concerned that a significant physical problem is associated with his posture, which could disrupt his walking.

CASE BY CASE SOLUTION

His leg pivots inward

You find that he walks with the feet in, in reality if you look more closely it is his leg that turns. The foot is perfectly normal.

  • What has to be done. Mother Nature is generally responsible for correcting this malposition. Posture tips can be of great help and allow evolution in a few months. Watch your child and prevent him from being improperly seated, such as sitting on his knees or frog, legs on the sides.
  • What to tell him. "You're going to sit cross-legged, legs crossed and folded in. That way, your feet will not turn inwards any more."

His foot is sagging

Your child is putting a lot more pressure on the inside edge of the foot. It is normal at his age, because of the weakness of his muscular tone. This attitude can be even more accentuated if your child has legs in X. It is only gradually and around 7 years that he will acquire a sufficient tone and manage to straighten his feet. Do not confuse this little flaw with the real flat foot. In the case of the collapsed foot, the arch does not present any malformation. When your child is sitting or lying, the foot has a morphology quite normal.

  • What has to be done. Here again, growth will gradually correct these positional errors. To develop your tone, encourage your child to run and jump. Physiotherapy sessions will help him too. Finally, orthopedic insoles can complement the benefit of physical activity.
  • What to tell him. "We're going to the square, you'll be able to have fun, and the more you run and the more you jump, the stronger your feet will be and get up."

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