Beautiful, straight legs and feet are indispensable for a good look. But it's also important for your health to take good care of your feet and legs. Parents can save their children a lot, if at a young age the right footwear and a healthy diet is respected.
The development of healthy legs begins in infancy
As long as we still struggle in Mother's stomach, our legs are bent and we are born with O-legs. This is normal and no mother should worry if her baby will walk like John Wayne later. The correct attitude of a newborn is reminiscent of a small frog. This is because the hip joints are not directed to the side as an adult, but more forward.
Ideal for healthy development is therefore a kind of squatting position, in which the legs are kept at 90 degrees. If you look closely, you can see this leg position in babies being carried on their hips by their mother. The femoral heads lie optimally in the joint sockets. A sling can be a reasonable solution. However, it must be adjusted properly and neither mother nor child may be harmed by improper carrying techniques.
To prevent hip joint damage, such as hip dysplasia, the baby's legs should not hang limp down, otherwise the thighs may be forced out of their pans.
First steps in life
The first steps we take on our O-legs. This is advantageous because the gait becomes so stable and we tend to find our balance in the wide gait. But at least three years later, the picture changes. Children of this age have X-legs, but they should have grown to school maturity.
Also, the impression that toddlers have flat feet, deceives quite often. It is rather a fat pad in the midfoot area that gives this impression. But these fat pads disappear soon and leave in almost all cases, a beautiful, slightly curved arch of the foot back.
Early detection in case of undesirable developments
If parents are unsure whether their child is not suffering from leg malformations that go beyond normal levels, it is often worth having a visit to the pediatrician and going to an orthopedist specializing in children.
Important signs of a malposition requiring treatment may be the distance between the knees or the ankles when the legs are closed. In the first grader should - depending on O-leg or X-leg suspicion - be measured at these locations less than ten inches distance.
Vitamin D for O-legs
Extreme O-legs are very rare in our society. In former times, they were often the result of a lack of vitamin D. Although our organism can produce this vitamin with the help of solar radiation itself to a sufficient extent. However, we live in a relatively sun-poor area, so our babies often come thickly packed in the open and therefore get relatively little sun.
Often, therefore, the missing vitamin is given as a nutritional supplement, usually in conjunction with fluoride, to aid tooth development.
Sick feet due to wrong footwear
Only 20 percent of all foot deformities are innate. Many forms are the result of incorrect footwear, everyday stress, nervous disorders or arise due to other causes such as rheumatism, arthritis or accidents. The flat foot, in which the arch of the foot has sunken, is caused in many cases by weak connective tissue.
Other foot deformations are for example the buckling, lowering, splayfoot and many more. The range of possible misalignments is great. No wonder that this field could develop into a field of medicine.
Especially women torment their feet and legs with chic, but extremely unhealthy footwear. The big toe is squeezed in by tapering shoe ends inside, high heels prevent the normal rolling of the foot. The foot musculature atrophies and can not support the vault of the foot sufficiently. A healthy foot can get so sick.
Important is the freedom of movement!
Barefoot is healthy, shoes must support the foot, but not constrict. And what is right for children is also true for adults. Sure is against fancy, high heels now and then nothing wrong. But every day and over long distances such shoes damage the feet and can cause diseases such as hallux valgus. Constant pain from bursitis and corneal formation are the result.
Parents should be a role model for their children. Because even for the little ones is: Dear non-slip socks in the apartment as a tight footwear.