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Explaining In-Toeing in Children

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

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. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wilmington, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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