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In-toeing and Out-toeing in Children

In-toeing and out-toeing are gait abnormalities seen in children, where the feet point inward or outward, respectively, when walking. In-toeing, often called pigeon-toed, is usually caused by a slight rotation in the shinbone or thigh bone, or a curve in the foot. Out-toeing is less common and often occurs in older children. It can result from conditions like femoral retroversion, where the thigh bone is rotated outward, or from external tibial torsion, involving the outward rotation of the shinbone. Many cases of in-toeing and out-toeing resolve naturally as children grow and their musculoskeletal system matures. Treatment typically involves monitoring the child's growth and development rather than immediate intervention. However, in cases where the condition persists or causes significant walking difficulties, discomfort, or tripping, a podiatrist can offer treatment. It may include specific exercises, orthotics to correct foot positioning, or, in rare instances, surgical options to realign the bones. Regular podiatric check-ups ensure that the child's walking pattern is developing normally and any necessary adjustments are made to promote optimal gait mechanics. If your child is exhibiting abnormal gait patterns, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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