Foot problems don’t always start in adulthood. They can occur at birth or as children begin walking. This is a big reason why it’s crucial to pay close attention as your children start walking. It is within those toddler years that you can begin to see unusual walking patterns. One such issue in children as they begin to walk is intoeing.
You may recognize it by its other name “pigeon-toes”. What happens is that the feet point inward instead of straight ahead. This is noticeable as a child walks or runs. It doesn’t always happen right away, but can occur later in a child’s development.
Intoeing is not painful for your child, but it can cause your child to trip and fall easily. Many parents see this as having a clumsy child. By understanding the types of intoeing, you can better understand your child’s condition. There are three common kinds of intoeing which include:
- Metatarsas Adductus: When the feet point inward from the middle part of the foot to the toes.
- Tibial Torsion: When the lower leg twists inward.
- Femoral Anteversion: When the thighbone turns inward.
Most types of intoeing will resolve as a child grows, but there are times when treatment is necessary. If you notice your child has swelling, pain or a limped gait, you should set up an appointment with Dr. Marco Vargas of Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists.
Dr. Vargas has expertise in treating foot conditions in children. Don’t delay in seeking treatment for your child’s intoeing. To schedule an appointment, call our Sugar Land office at (281) 313-0090. You may also request an appointment online by visiting our website.