Foot exercises

  • Child's feet wearing trainers on tip toeStand on a flat surface, then raise up onto your tip toes.  You do not need to go as far as you can, about halfway is suitable.
  • Hold this position for 20-30 seconds, then lower your feet to a standing position flat on the floor.
  • Repeat 5 times.
  • These exercises should be done twice a day.
  • You can hold on to something to steady yourself.
  • Child balancing on one legStand on a flat surface then slowly lift one leg, bending it so that your heel moves towards your bottom.
  • Use your arms to balance yourself and practice holding this position.
  • Repeat the exercise 5 times on each leg and hold the position.
  • Try to build up to 20-30 seconds.
  • Exercises should be done twice a day.
  • Stand on a flat surface. Place one foot up on a stool or something similar.
  • The stool should be waist height, however if this is uncomfortable you can use something lower and increase with practice.
  • Keep both legs straight, gently bend forward and turn out the toes of the raised leg until you feel a gentle stretch. 
  • Repeat the stretch 5 times on each leg and hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds.
  • Stretches should be done twice a day.

Hands against the wall at shoulder height. One leg in front with knee bent and back leg stretched out behind.

  • Stand on a flat surface in front of a wall with your feet pointing forward.
  • Move one leg behind you into a lunge position.
  • Place your hands flat against the wall in front of you, keeping your feet flat on the floor and bend your front leg.
  • You should feel a stretch in the back of the straight leg (calf).
  • Repeat the stretch 5 times on each leg and hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds
  • Stretches should be done twice a day.

If your child has a problem which does not improve as you would expect with self-care, you should contact a healthcare professional for advice. This may be your GP, Pharmacist, NHS Podiatry Service or a Private Podiatrist. 

Please make sure your podiatrist is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and look out for the letters HCPC after their name. 

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