In-Toeing or Pigeon Toeing

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In-toeing in children

Have you become aware of the way your child is walking? Are you concerned that something looks a little different? Or are you worried that your child seems to trip or fall more than other kids? It’s unavoidable to stress and overthink about such things as a parent, and we’re here to put your mind at ease.

What is in toeing?

In-toeing, or “pigeon toeing” is a common condition in children, where the feet turn inwards when walking or standing. In-toeing is generally not associated with any pain, and in many cases is considered normal. With in-toeing, children may be more prone to tripping, or look awkward while walking or running.

What causes it?

In-toeing can be due to a curve in the foot, or a rotation in the bones of the lower legs or the hip. It is generally considered a natural position in the feet and legs as an infant’s body develops. The three most common causes are

It takes time for the hips and feet to strengthen as we begin to walk, and for the legs and feet to move to what we see as a normal position.

What can be done to fix it?

Quite often, this occurrence will correct itself with due time. There are, however, some cases where the in-toeing will not fully correct itself. In these cases, early intervention can lead to much better outcomes.

Some children will require inserts for their shoes, and in some extreme cases some plaster casting to help straighten out significant twisting. In most cases, a simple routine of stretching combined with some fun activities to help develop strength will provide a good outcome.

Podiatrists are specialists in assessing the lower limb in people of all ages. If you have concerns with the way your child is walking, book an appointment today at TFC Podiatry. An initial assessment and advice can help to put your mind at ease.

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