One of the obstacles for my daughter to overcome before walking is a couple of very floppy weak ankles. Whenever she holds my hands and tries to walk they turn inward and she has to lock her knees in order to feel like she can stand. This makes walking a stiff-legged, awkward process.
After talking with my little one's physical therapist, it turns out that her ankles are really just a symptom and not the real problem. What's needed to get my daughter on her feet with confidence is some more arch support. She recommended a kids product called Polliwogs.
These are foam and plastic shoe inserts that are a mold of the entire bottom of the child's foot. They provide excellent arch support along with a stable base for the entire foot. The toe area is left flexible so the toes can flex as steps are taken. The rest of the foot is wrapped up the sides in plastic to help increase strength and stability without requiring a large uncomfortable brace. This allows my daughter to stand securely on her feet without her arches buckling and her ankles caving inward.
My little girl has been wearing them for increasing amounts of time this past few weeks and she's slowly growing more confident in taking steps when we stand her next to the couch or walk with her holding hands.
This is another important successs in our efforts to get this little girl walking. We're also doing some other exciting things to help in this area. I'll share those as well over the coming weeks.