Dr Brad Ivanchuk here. I am a Burlington, Ontario Chiropractor, Posture Expert, Postural Neurologist and Personal Training Specialist at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.
I have had a few inquiries after last week on how parents can check their own children’s feet at home, so this is what I would like to help you with today.
To do this you need to have your child stand normally (feet apart – not together ) in bare feet and wearing shorts, and you need to crouch down so that you can take a look at them from the front
The first thing you want to check is their knees.
The knees should be the same width apart as their feet.
If they look further apart or closer together than their feet (which is the most common posture distortion), this is your first indicator of a problem.
Next, look at their feet. Are the toes pointed straight ahead which is normal, or are they pointed inwards or outwards? Outwards is the most common posture distortion and is the next indicator of a problem.
And finally, check their arches.
Depending upon the size of your child’s foot, you should be able to slide 2 or 3 fingers at least one inch under the arch of their foot.
With fallen arches or flat feet, you will not be able to do this and this posture distortion is often coupled with a foot where the toes point outwards.
These checks will work well with kids 7 years and older. Younger children would be more difficult to assess and would need a professional eye.
But if you detect even one posture distortion, you need to get your kids in for a proper assessment right away and this is where I can help you. Any type of foot problem left undetected and uncorrected will only lead to lower back pain, knee pain, foot pain, frequently sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and bunions later in life.
All you have to do is call to schedule an appointment for your free initial consultation which also includes a detailed postural analysis.
Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.
Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.
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