Intoeing is often first noticed by parents when a baby begins walking, but children at various ages may display intoeing for different reasons. Occasionally, severe intoeing may cause young children to stumble or trip as they catch their toes on the other heel. Each of these conditions may run in families. Because they result from developmental or genetic problems, these conditions usually cannot be prevented.
There are three conditions that often cause intoeing:
- Curved foot (metatarsus adductus)- Metatarsus adductus is when a child's feet bend inward from the middle part of the foot to the toes. Metatarsus adductus improves by itself most of the time, usually over the first 4 to 6 months of life. Babies aged 6 to 9 months with severe deformity or feet that are very rigid may be treated with casts or special shoes with a high rate of success.
- Twisted shin (tibia torsion)-Tibial torsion occurs if the child's lower leg (tibia) twists inward. This can occur before birth, as the legs rotate to fit in the confined space of the womb. After birth, an infant's legs should gradually rotate to align properly. If the lower leg remains turned in, the result is tibial torsion.
- Twisted thighbone (femoral anteversion)-Femoral anteversion (also known as excessive femoral torsion) occurs when a child's thighbone (femur) turns inward. It is often most obvious at about 5 or 6 years of age.Children with this condition often sit in the "W" position, with their knees bent and their feet flared out behind them.
If you think that your child is intoeing, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Davydova at 718-545-0205.