Should I Worry About My Child’s Pigeon Toes?

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What an exciting time! Your child is really on the move now, and getting the hang of walking on his or her own. Over time, they’ll really have the strength to walk properly and even run!

But right now, they seem to be waddling a bit and stumbling over their own feet. Their big toes are facing inward and the outer edge of the feet might be curved inward as well. Is this normal?

Your child might have pigeon toes or metatarsus adductus. Some children are born with pigeon feet because of limited space in the womb. Otherwise, if you notice pigeon toes (also referred to as intoeing) when your child walks around age 2 or older, it could indicate that the shin bone(s) or thigh bone(s) might be twisted inward. Children with pigeon toes might also appear to be bow-legged or have knock knees.

But there’s good news! As your child continues to grow and their bones and muscles keep developing, there’s a good chance that they will grow out of pigeon toes by the time they are 9 or 10 years old. If not, they may need corrective treatment, which might include surgery.

Still, as a parent, you might be worried about your children’s feet. There’s no harm in bringing your child in for an assessment to make sure that your child is not suffering from foot issues. In many cases, young children are unable to express how their feet, ankles, and/or legs are affecting their daily lives. That’s why it’s best for one of our podiatrists to examine your child and their gait. If there are any corrective treatments available to help your child be more comfortable, such as custom orthotics or physical therapy, we’ll make sure your child is treated well.

Remember, children’s feet should not hurt – it’s not a normal “growing pain.” Come see us with any concerns about your children’s feet. Make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group to find the best treatment for your family. Dr. Mark E. Reiner and his team of committed podiatrists can help you at our Jonesboro, AR office.