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Gabriel Lazar, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist

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Facts About Intoeing in Children

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

When most children begin to walk, their toes point straight ahead. In some cases, as a child begins to walk, their toes point inward. This is termed intoeing, or pigeon-toed, and in most cases goes away on its own. The causes of intoeing are a bit murky, but family history may be involved. Another cause is a twisting of the tibia bone while in the womb, but this often straightens itself out within the first year. A twisting of the femur bone in the thigh is another possible cause of intoeing in children between the ages of 2 and 4 years. This also corrects itself in time, but in severe cases may require surgery. A third cause of intoeing is a curving inward of the foot, which often takes place before birth. This too usually straightens out as the child grows older, but a brace or cast may be used to help straighten out the foot. If your child demonstrates intoeing, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can take X-rays and examine the child’s feet to determine the best course of action.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar of Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor 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 office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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