Massage for hallux valgus in children

Valgus feet in children are not uncommon. It can be congenital and acquired. X-shaped curvature of the legs with support on the inner part of the foot is typical for many children at an early age often "hang" in the swing and put in walkers and children who are overweight. Whatever the reason, the first and second stage of the pathology can be treated conservatively. One of the main methods of treatment is massage.

Massage with hallux valgus

About how to spend it, if your child is diagnosed with "hallux valgus stop", we discuss in this article.

The purpose and objectives of the

When valgus of the foot of the child support falls on the inner part of the foot, which causes heel and toe, which are displaced to the outer side and the inner part of the foot tilts inward, so that the inner convex pits can touch, if you ask your child to place the feet parallel to each other.

Very often in this formulation, the leg settles the foot, which is the child at the same time recorded just. The child, in fact, is not according to the heel and the area under the toes and on the inner part of the foot. As a result, the strained ties, but due to the lack of depreciation is suffering the knee joint, the load, which is growing significantly.

The goal of massage is to relax the muscles and ligaments, which are constantly in tension, and strengthen those muscle groups that are forced to idle (e.g., the little finger of the deformation is not "not working" virtually "hanging in the air").

Massage is mainly prescribed to children with 1. and 2. the degree of hallux valgus. To do so, is allowed, but only after the podiatrist who provided the diagnosis, gives guidance on the procedures, which are based on the individual characteristics of the stop child.

These procedures fall under the category of orthopedic massage, which requires a precision that is doing the massage, the correct measurement of force and reasonable approach. Efforts will not go unrewarded – if the problem is not, that the majority of children managed to get rid of plantar fasciitis completely.

General rules

Before you start to study the techniques, you should familiarize yourself with the General rules and principles of treatment of hallux valgus massage:

  • Do the treatment daily. Try not to miss massage.
  • The procedure time should be increased gradually, starting with a few minutes. Load massage should also increase gradually. The maximum load on the child's feet was somewhere in the middle of the massage cycle.
  • All the movement for the adults, should be put on hold, to eliminate the child's pain and discomfort.
  • The classic system of two weeks of daily massage, followed by a break for 3-4 weeks.
  • Follow your child's weight if it is higher than normal, should be to lose weight, after consultation with the pediatrician. Overweight children will be more difficult to get rid of valgus installation stop.
  • Don't expect quick results - orthopedic massage is a time-consuming, painstaking, very thorough. The deformation is usually possible to correct the result of the complex treatment for one year or two.
  • Child shoes should not squeeze your feet, you must not pressure socks and stockings.
  • For deformity correction of the lower limbs, examine the special video course orthopedic massage, consult with a podiatrist to show you the highlights in person.


The typical curvature of the stop is determined at the age of 2-3 years. It was in this age group and is designed to massage the impact, methods and techniques of orthopedic massage. For infants, of course, such a complex will not work.

On the basis of the impact on classic massage techniques, including rubbing, kneading and vibration impact in this order.

The initial position of the child lying on his stomach. Place the infant on a solid surface in the lower part of the leg put a small pillow or cushion. The legs should be slightly raised above the plane. Before beginning the massage make sure that the child's body relaxed, shoulders not tense.

It was in this position a back massage, sacral area, buttocks, legs and feet. Start with stroking, lightly rubbing, and gradually increasing effect on the skin. When the skin becomes warm, little red, the warm up, you can proceed to a deeper massage with the fingertips.

Massage, pay attention to the direction of movement must be directed away from the spine and down the sides. Avoid exposing your vertebrae to massage them, is impossible.

In the buttocks, you can apply a more intense effect – drums and circular motion, the backs of the thighs are massaged in the direction from the space below the knee and to the side. The upper rear part of the thighs to massirovala carefully, because during the deformation, it is usually time, e.g. After the heating and rubbing intensively kneading the muscles with both hands.

Knee massage is not necessary, in such a deformation of the lower limb the knee is the "weak link", it is easy to injure. After exposure on the back side of the thigh directly at the area between the Shin and leg. It should be massaged from the bottom up, depending on the natural flow of lymph. This part of the leg of a child with a deformation is also all the time in the voltage, therefore, pay special attention to this. Gently massage the Shin, if that's not enough to "warm up" to massage me.

Starting from the Achilles tendon up after rubbing need to tweak the capture of the muscle and immediately releasing it. Then proceed to massage with both hands and striking with the edge of the palm of the hand.

The foot massage is a gentle rubbing with your thumbs from the toes to the heel. Pay attention to the bones, circular motions of the thumbs, knead each.

By the end of this complex again and Pat the palms of all the areas in which there was a massage effect, and give the child on the back. Under his feet again, put a pillow or towel. Spend a light massage of the front part of the upper zone of the hip joint, acting on it by analogy with the path and the last part of the thighs.

To avoid the patella will move and massage the lateral part of the calf. Pay special attention to the leg – press on each finger, massaging of the foot of a strictly bottom-up.

How to improve the efficiency of the

How to increase efficiency?

Only one massage pathology cannot be corrected. To increase the efficiency of the process, should approach the holistic treatments that complement the massage, special exercises, the use of orthopedic pillows-accessories, complex physical therapy. Children 2.5-3 years it is possible to buy a bike – pedaling is a great workout for the correction of deformity of the feet. This puts pressure on the problematic part of the foot – arch.

After the massage is complete, you can go directly to the comprehensive exercises. About 10 minutes walk, jump on an orthopedic Mat. For the correction, select the Mat with a hard texture, convex and needle elements. Such impacts on the foot after the massage will help improve blood circulation in the lower extremities.

Then, when the muscles and ligaments of the lower extremities sufficiently warmed up, go to the complex of medical gymnastics:

  • make 10 circular movements of the legs in a sitting position on the floor in a clockwise direction and 10 in the opposite direction of movement;
  • ask the child to draw a monkey – take out a toy or a small ball of one foot, that have a subject and some time to hold in this position;
  • sit with your child in position "in Turkish" and sit there for a few minutes;
  • do 10-12 squats with the knees dissolved in the parties.

This will be good, if the massage and exercises, which will culminate in the foot bath. For her, use warm water, in which at desire it is possible to add broths of medicinal herbs. After that, when the child hold the feet in the warm water drench the feet with cold water and again for 2-3 minutes, place them in warm water. These contrasting water procedures, which will help to consolidate the result of the massage is the best way.

In cooperation with the podiatrist visit physiotherapy. Electrical muscle stimulation, and paraffin – treatment, to achieve the desired result.



For the opinion of the mothers who were involved in the treatment of leg deformity in a child, to remove the strain fast is only possible if the child already from the beginning, began to wear orthopedic shoes. In this case, massage, gymnastics effectively complements the permanent presence of the stop in the anatomically correct position.

Some parents practice bandaging of children's feet after the massage, which is for a few hours with an elastic bandage fixed stop so that the child support was in the middle of the foot. Podiatrists have warned that an independent inept bandaging can hurt the child because the blood circulation in the lower limbs is disturbed.

Many mothers speak well, not just for bikes, but also about swimming. With an integrated approach (massage, gymnastics, exercise therapy, physiotherapy and sport) the problem is often addressed during the year.