Intoeing & Out-Toeing
What is in-toeing? Learning to Walk with Turned Toes
In-toeing is a fairly common gait problem in small children that causes their toes to turn inward, creating a “pigeon-toed” look. While this usually isn’t harmful, it’s important to monitor so that your child doesn’t trip over their toes or develop pain.
Why Toes Point Inward
Toes may point inward because of conditions like metatarsus adductus, tibial torsion, and femoral anteversion. Metatarsus adductus is a curve in the middle of the foot, which can range from flexibility issues to rigid deformities. Tibial torsion refers to a natural twist in the lower leg bones, which in turn rotates the foot inward. Femoral anteversion is excessive rotation in the hip bones that twists the legs inward and is most apparent around school age.
Growing Out of Gait Problems
Any child with in-toeing should have their growth monitored by a children’s foot care specialist like Dr. Sanjay Patel. Our team will examine your little one’s feet to make sure that no developmental issues are related to the problem, and that your child isn’t struggling with pain. Some conditions can be treated with braces or special shoes, but for most of these issues, the best treatment is waiting to see how they develop. Surgery is a last-resort option if a condition persists.