How does orthopedic massage Mat with valgus foot in children: tips for selection and use

Correction of valgus installation stop includes the appointment of orthopedic devices (shoes, insoles, orthotics), massage, exercises and physiotherapy procedures. Tangible benefits of the use of special massage mats, the therapeutic effect, rules of application and the types which we describe next.

Causes and symptoms of hallux valgus foot in children

Common factors that provoke the appearance of hallux valgus in children:

  • a developmental disorder of the lower limbs in utero;
  • dysplasia of the connective tissue;
  • mismatched shoes (tight or, conversely, too loose, with hard soles, inadequate fixation of the foot, etc.);
  • endocrine diseases;
  • problems with metabolism;
  • cerebral palsy;
  • Hyper muscle tone, spasticity, paralysis and paresis;
  • in more rare cases, valgus stop the child becomes a consequence of bad posture.
exasperans is a species of hallux valgus in filios

When acquired or congenital alteration of the normal size, shape and functionality of bones, ligaments, joints and muscles is disrupted the reciprocal relationship between them, the load is incorrectly distributed. This leads to the development of curvature valgus (rarely varus). Without treatment, it goes into a flat hallux valgus deformities and flat feet due to the gradual flattening of the arches of the foot and the displacement of its axis from the center.

Further complications can be much more serious:

  • Problems with the foot – contortion, neuroma, calluses and corns on the feet, calcaneal spur (sole aponeurosis), the Vistula syndrome of the foot, ingrown nails, slanted blade.
  • Diseases of the knee, meniscus inflammation, instability of the joints, deforming gonarthrosis.
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip joint (coxarthrosis).
  • Pathology of the spine – bending posture, sciatica, displacement or prolapse of intervertebral disks, osteochondrosis.
  • Disproportionate development of muscles in the lower extremities.

Hallux valgus and flat-hallux valgus deformity is accompanied by pain in the feet, knees, hips, which is especially pronounced after prolonged movement or static loads. At a later stage the child complains of pain in the back. Gait is heavy, the posture worsens.

Diagnosis is based on the results of visual inspection, submetry, de plantography and x-ray. For the treatment, the podiatrist selects corrective shoes, exercise, physical therapy to strengthen the ligaments and muscles of the foot and ankle, course of physio treatments. To increase the effectiveness of therapy, doctors also recommend to buy for a baby massage Mat.

Therapeutic effect of orthopedic pads

On the surface of the massage pad is equipped with protrusions of different shapes and sizes. These massagers are divided into preventive and curative. The first is made from a soft material, and the second from hard. Most effectively used in early childhood, when cured, the curvature of the foot easier.

Therapeutic impact orthopedic Mat:

  • Improves the flow of lymphatic fluid and blood circulation in the feet, thereby relaxing overly tense muscles, leaves the swelling of the legs.
  • Strengthens muscles and ligaments.
  • Reduces pain and cramps.
  • Improves overall body, relieves tension.

In addition, the sole is a variety of genetic reflex points, the impact of which improves the condition of internal organs and the organism as a whole. For this reason, orthopedic mats are used not only for correction of hallux valgus and other disorders of the musculoskeletal system, but also to prevent other diseases.


The working surface of the orthopedic pad is different, the main types are as follows:

  • Soft rocks – the product has a hard surface, but under the pressure of the feet lugs are pressed.This Mat gives you a soft healing effect and is recommended for babies up to two years.
  • The acupressure Mat has the moderate rigidity, and suitable for all ages. Effect of deep tissue massage and strengthening leg muscles.
  • Hard – surface hard, not pressed. These mats are recommended for children from 3 years.

We also offer mats with treads of the type "tree", "the eco-ladder", "hedgehog", "bug", "grass", and many others. They usually have the form of a puzzle with side mounts. This allows you to combine different surfaces in one big rug to enhance the effectiveness of massage.

Indications and rules of application

Start using massage Mat with valgus foot in children need 3-5 minutes a day. Gradually increase walking to 1-2 minutes per day and was adjusted to 10-15 minutes.

Attention! Orthopedic pad under any circumstances can not be used as the only method of correction of foot deformities. It is only useful and effective addition to the treatment regimen.

The main indications for the use of the massage Mat for adults and children:

  • flat feet;
  • valgus, varus deformity of the foot;
  • asymmetric gait;
  • rickets;
  • weakness of the muscles and ligaments of the lower limbs;
  • congenital problems with the function of the foot;
  • obesity;
  • lack of exercise, sedentary work;
  • frequent wearing of high heel shoes.

Very useful every day to walk on the ribbed Mat to relieve swelling and tired legs at the end of the day, for the prevention of flat feet, scoliosis and other spinal curvature, osteochondrosis and other diseases of the joints. Children Mat strengthens the muscle-ligament apparatus helps to form the arch of the foot.

In severe hallux valgus orthopedic surgeons suggest to do on the Mat special exercises – walking on inner and outer edge of the foot, rolling from toe to heel, cross step etc.

Tips for choosing

Buy massaging foot pad for the treatment of deformations is needed in the orthopedic salon. Stand on the product and walk barefoot. The Mat is not worth buying, if you walk on it you feel pain and discomfort.

Choose a model with different types of surfaces – at least two or three. For example, it can be small and large "stones", "tree" and a high pile. Make sure that the tabs are quite strong, and the product is easy to clean.

A useful tip! Babies up to three years is better to buy rubber Mat, and older children – silicone.

Choose companies that spetsializiruyutsya in manufacturing and supply of orthopedic products.

To summarize

Orthopedic mats are used for medicinal purposes in different problems with the foot – valgus and varus deformities, flat feet, etc., as well as for prevention. It is important to understand that they only Supplement the basic methods of correction and are not the only means of therapy. Follow all the recommendations of the orthopedist, and when buying a massage Mat, guided by trusted manufacturers.