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Should I Worry if My Child Has Pigeon Toes?

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It’s natural for parents to worry over things relating to their children. If you see your little one’s toes pointing inward—whether it’s obvious from birth, or only becomes apparent after your child begins learning to walk—it can be a source of significant concern.

Should you be worried? Well, it’s important to get any abnormal gait condition checked out by a podiatrist just to make sure there aren’t any hidden treatable problems, like a nerve or muscular condition, causing the abnormality. So you shouldn’t just ignore it.

At the same time though, “worried” is probably far too strong a word to use here. Pigeon-toed walking, or intoeing, is quite common among little ones, and the vast majority of cases never require any medical treatment. As your child continues to grow and gain practice walking, while bones and muscles continue to develop, his or her toes should gradually lose their inward-pointing position and rotate into a more normal configuration.

Because this process happens slowly, you should make sure you keep an eye on your child’s development. Taking photographs every few months and a video every year or so, then comparing the footage, is a great way to tell if your child’s gait is improving, staying the same, or getting worse.

You should only be worried if your child does not show any improvement after a year or so of walking, or you notice other problems like limping, pain, excessive clumsiness or tripping, or developmental delays. In such cases, take your child to see the experts at Family Foot & Ankle Center to determine if there are any special tests or treatments required.

To set up an appointment with one of our podiatrists, give us a call toll free at 888-689-3317. We have six locations in and around Cincinnati, in both Ohio and Kentucky, and all of our doctors and staff are dedicated to ensuring the best possible attention and care for your child.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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