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Pronation in Toddler
Hello,

Sorry for posting this here, but I haven't been able to find satisfactory info on the web regarding pronation in toddlers.

My daughter is 17 months old, and I've noticed since she was about 14 months and began walking that her feet pronate excessively.

I definitely want to bring this to the attention of her pediatrician, who will probably recommend doing nothing for now or seeing a podiatrist for possibly orthotics.

I was just wondering if there are other alternatives I might want to explore? Any insight, recommendations, or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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I'm glad you posted your question here! Here are some suggestions:

1. Expose her barefoot to natural surfaces - beach, lawn, rock, dirt.
2. Massage / stroke / tickle her foot soles to induce her Babinski reflex (duration 6 - 24 months so your toddler still has it going.) This will teach her to grab contours on the earth and once she is doing that, her daily activities construct her feet.
3. Make up games that involve her foot grabbing pattern. I used to play a game with my children that involved grabbing little bouncy balls underfoot and scoring goals.

I once had a threesome of pediatricians (who came to call themselves "the tush-out girls" who declared at the end of the Gokhale Method Foundations course that they no longer advised their patients to just ignore pronated feet. They have incorporated the teachings about kidney-bean shaped feet into their practices.

Good luck! It's so important to start your children out as best you can - glad you are paying close attention.
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