My child walks in duck: With her feet out and her legs arched, she looks a bit like a cowboy! Rest assured, it will not last.
She walks in duck
On a visit to the pediatrician, Alice is surprised at the rather distinctive approach of her little Lea. However, fortunately, the doctor quickly reassured her. All infants have an anatomical feature called “genu varum“: their lower limbs are slightly curved and their feet apart. It is physiological and transitory. For some, this fades away in the first year, in others it takes a little more time for everything to get back on the right axis. In question? The highly flexible ligaments in knees and ankles, and feet musculature still not mature enough to hold them in the axis of the tibia. ” Everything will be in order one year after the acquisition of the walk, “reassured Émeline Calvet, psychometrician. “Only very visible deformities and a significant discomfort to walk, frequent falls, should encourage to seek medical advice. The rest of the time, the best of care is not to focus on his approach and let time. Growth will naturally solve the problem.
Nothing beats physical activity
Want to give a little boost to nature? Do not refrain from your child’s taste for the tricycle; it is excellent to muscle its gambettes. Neither for walking, although the small ones with the arch legs may tend to trip more frequently than the average. Physical activity is an excellent remedy. Moreover, there is no question of taking him up at all times and asking him to watch the position of his feet. Better, for example, encouraging him to walk on an imaginary line to have fun. Without even realizing it, your little one will correct the position of his feet. Despite everything, the way he sits. On the floor, encourage him to go cross-legged, setting him an example if you play by his side. When he is in a chair, do not let his feet hang in a vacuum. Have them laid flat, on a booster seat for example.
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Another good habit: at home, let him evolve barefoot. There is no such thing as to strengthen his feet. “Walking on different textures such as sand or grass is also a great exercise,” says Émeline Calvet. Outside, choose your shoes carefully. In soft leather, neither too broad nor too narrow, they must have a sufficiently rigid buttress to the heel to avoid twisting, and a supple but slightly rising upper to adequately support the ankle. Choose lace-up patterns, they ensure a better hold and think about changing them every three months. Above all, never make her wear second-hand models, as lovely and “trendy” as they are.
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