Many families are probably quite familiar with stretches for their clubfoot cuties. Clubfoot.ca has videos demonstrating clubfoot stretches under “Resources” for further guidance. When you are holding a stretch for your child, physiotherapists refer to this as passive stretching.
Active stretching goes hand in hand with passive and can be done through functional movements! This means the child will be doing the movement (with a little help) that stretches their muscle in fun and play-based ways.
Check out these three examples of great at-home methods to stretch typically tighter muscles in clubfoot cases!
Addy doing a bear crawl up an inclined ramp during physiotherapy.
1. Squat: This one is great to stretch the Achilles tendon. Younger children can squat to pick up toys, read books, or play on a short surface.
- Incline Standing or Walking: Stretches the calf muscles. Creating obstacle courses around the house with various objects that can be placed on an incline or use an inclined step/ramp as a stool to reach things.
- Bear Walking: Stretches the whole posterior chain. Can your child pretend to be different animals?