Stretching Through Play


Stretching Through Play

As a clubfoot parent, we all know the importance of maintaining flexibility. It is paramount to the success of our child's treatment. While most of us have instilled a nighttime or morning time (or both) stretching routine that goes along with your child's brace - have you ever considered how to do it throughout the day? Stretching through play is a fantastic way to break the routine and encourages a child to explore their body's abilities and limits.

Why are stretching exercise important for my clubfoot child?

Stretching the affected clubfoot may help maintain and improve motion of the foot. Flexible clubfoot has a reduced chance of relapsing, thus performing a consistent stretch could aid in reducing the chances of relapsing clubfoot. Stretching exercises can improve flexibility and strengthen if done correctly.

Where can I stretch my child?

Virtually anywhere. My favorite place is to take them to a playground. There are lots of things to climb (including the slides!) that can stretch those tendons and muscles.

What about balance?

Oh balance. Something all toddlers and kids are always trying to master. Have you ever noticed your child goes through clumsiness phases? I generally see  my children (clubfoot child and non-clubfoot child) go through a clumsiness phase right after a growth spurt. I attribute it to them having to relearn their body. So we also work on balance while out to play all the time. 

What about agility?

No, I don't mean like dog-agility training, but I do mean agility. In general, toddlers and clubfoot toddlers can be clumsy even when fully corrected. Working on their agility through play can also improve their coordination and walking abilities.

For more information on routine stretching check our blog post here.

 

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*Please consult your clubfoot doctor prior to preforming and stretches. The Clubfoot Store does not offer medical advice and blog post or Facebook posts do NOT replace the guidance of a Doctor.

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