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Explaining In-Toeing in Children

In-toeing, commonly known as being pigeon-toed, is a condition seen in children where the feet turn inward. During infancy, this might be due to metatarsus adductus, a common foot deformity noted at birth that causes the front half of the foot, or forefoot, to turn inward. This condition often resolves before the first birthday. In later childhood, internal twisting of the shinbone, tibia, thighbone, or femur, could be the cause of in-toeing. These, too, often self-correct over time. While most cases of in-toeing require no treatment, severe instances may need casting or splinting. It is important to avoid non-prescribed treatments as they may interfere with natural development. Though surgery is rare, it may be considered in severe cases. If your child’s in-toeing persists or significantly affects walking, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Patrick Bruton, DPM of Big Country foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Abilene, and Brownwood, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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