Straightaway. This post is not about all orthopedic shoes, but only about the type that has a high back. By the way, now she is almost all like that.
Now children’s orthopedic shoes are prescribed for almost all children with the slightest suspicion of foot deformity. Parents, on the other hand, go to the store and buy the “most reliable” option, so that everything is definitely OK.
Orthopedic shoes in all their glory (with a high back and a hard beret) are needed only by 1–3% of children with foot deformities. Basically, these are medium and complex forms of cerebral palsy.
I have nothing against comfortable children’s orthopedic shoes (boots, sandals) with soft soles, a standard (below the ankles) medium-density beret and a small soft arch support). Well, why not. This truth is very hard to find. Most often the back is high.
For many physicians, prescribing orthopedic shoes is a habit passed down, perhaps through the workplace. And so do almost everyone who is related to children’s legs.
In theory, orthopedic shoes keep the leg in the correct position and prevent further deformation. This is a skeletal approach. Indeed, if we consisted of bones and ligaments, then this would be ideal. But the bottom line is that children consist, among other things, of CONSTANTLY DAILY developing muscles. The child walks, crawls, runs, muscles grow and become stronger. This is how the body is formed. About the muscles of adults is a separate conversation.
A small digression about the foot. This is a brilliant invention. 28 bones 20 own muscles. WHY? The fact is that in addition to the means of support, it is also a sensor. The bare foot determines the position of the body in space by hundreds of micro-movements per second.
So, by shackling a child’s foot in high orthopedic shoes, we deprive it of the opportunity and need to develop independently and contribute ONLY to the progression of foot deformity and muscle degradation.
What kind of shoes to buy then, you ask?
I’ll put it simply — which one can not be bought:
- shoes with a high stiff beret or back that rises above the ankle joint;
- having a rigid rigid sole;
- having too soft berets and back. “Liquid shoes” — if there is one, then do not use it when walking on a hard, even floor, let her run with her grandparents in the village or at the dacha on uneven surfaces.
All other shoes please buy.
Do not forget: if a child has a deformity of the feet, it must be shown to an orthopedist.
Most often, soft muscle-stimulating insoles, massage/exercises, and having a massage mat at home are sufficient.