Parents sometimes get alarmed when they notice their child walking differently. You’ll notice their feet turned inward rather than pointing forward. This usually occurs when the baby starts to walk. This condition is commonly called intoeing. Those who afflicted also know it as “pigeon-toed.” More often than not, the condition always corrects itself. The child won’t even need casts or braces or surgery. By itself, intoeing doesn’t even cause pain and neither would it result in arthritis. However, if the child should feel pain, swelling or develops a limp, that may be alarming. An orthopedic surgeon should immediately address the condition. Bring your child to the doctor so to administer the necessary treatment.
Three conditions can cause intoeing. The first one, metatarsus adductus, is a common foot deformity. It’s noted at birth that causes the front half of the foot, or forefoot, to turn inward. Second is tibial torsion. This is the inward twisting of the tibia and is the most common cause of intoeing. It is usually observed at age two years. Finally, there’s femoral anteversion. This is an inward twisting of the thighbone. This causes the child’s knees and feet to turn inward. This gives the child a “pigeon-toed” appearance. Here are the most common symptoms and the corresponding treatments for intoeing:
1. Feet turning in during infancy
Many babies are born with their turned inwards. The turning is most prominent on the front portion of the foot. The condition is usually because of the baby’s positioning. This happens while in a confined space inside the mother’s womb.
There are two ways to determine if the child has this symptom. First, when the child’s foot is at rest and the foot turns inward. Second, the outside of the child’s foot has a half-moon shape. In most cases, there should be nothing to worry about. These are mild cases and should resolve before the kid’s first birthday. But sometimes, the condition can be worse. This is then the foot has other deformities and may lead to a problem known as “clubfoot.”