IntoeingHave you heard the term “pigeon-toed?” This is what many call intoeing. This inward turning of the feet results from a skeletal or neurological problem. Intoeing can come from multiple levels - the foot, tibia, femur, or hip.

A common condition, intoeing, is often undertreated. Many medical authorities will say a child will grow out of intoeing, but they really don’t, and aggressive treatment may be necessary at a late stage of the problem. The concern arises when a child’s gate changes or presents itself later in life. Intoeing is typically related to the inter-uterine position of the baby in pregnancy before birth.  Early recognition and early treatment are vital with intoeing.  

Determining Intoeing Conditions

Hallux varus - Affecting the big toe, this condition causes it to turn toward the inside of the foot. 

Metatarsus adductus - This condition is where the front half of the foot curves inward. This is the most common and usually corrects itself. 

Tibial Torsion - This condition is where the shinbone, the tibia, is twisted inward, causing the foot to turn inward. This is also common in children but may not be physically noticeable until a child begins to move around. Your Healthmark podiatrist offer treatments that are helpful in remedying the problem before a child is beyond ten years of age. 

Femoral Anteversion - The femur or thighbone can also turn inward, causing a child’s gate to change with walking or running, causing the knees and feet to turn inward. This is the least common occurrence of intoeing but may need surgical intervention. A child sitting consistently in the “W” position could be a sign of femoral anteversion.

Cavus Deformity - Discovered at birth, this is an extremely high arch of the foot, typically representing a neurological problem.

Talipes equinovarus - You most likely know this condition as clubfoot. A congenital condition at birth that needs to be treated right away so it does not inhibit mobility. 

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If you are looking for intoeing care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates today.