My grandson is three years old. A month ago, they discovered that he had flat feet and a valgus foot deformity. Does he have to wear orthopedic shoes?
Veska Andreeva, city of Pleven
Such shoes are usually not shown on children under five to eight years old, this is a marketing ploy. And valgus deviation of the foot is considered normal at this age.
An exception is equinovarus foot/crooked feet (horse foot), a condition in which one or both of a newborn's feet appear as if the feet are twisting in on themselves. The foot is pointing down and in, and the soles of the feet are facing each other.
After the child passes, he must wear orthopedic shoes, and until 7-8 years of age he is monitored by an orthopedist and the presence of other disorders. In these cases, individual shoes are made for the child.
And for he althy children, orthopedic insoles, hard shoes with a high back (real shackles) can ruin the foot. The best option is leather shoes with a moderately elastic sole.
Here's what's really good for your grandson - doing leg exercises. It is enough to devote ten minutes a day to such exercises: walking on the toes, on the heels, on the outside and inside of the foot, climbing on the Swedish wall, making "monkey" grips with the legs.
In the summer, he should run barefoot as much as possible - on the sand, on the grass, on pebbles, and in the winter - on the floor, on a massage carpet. Offer the child to stomp in a box with peas, beans, chestnuts. Any uneven surface that requires balancing is very beneficial for the foot.