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The Normal Causes of Intoeing

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The Carmichael Recreation and Park District has a special program—Tiny Tots—for young ones ages 3-5 that encourages socialization and enhances various skills. It takes place from 9 am – noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Carmichael Park Veteran’s Building on Grant Avenue. This is a great opportunity to help children as they develop in a variety of ways. When you watch a young child walking or running “pigeon-toed,” it can be possible to wonder about the causes of intoeing and whether or not the condition is treatable.

Intoeing is when feet are turned inward, instead of being pointed straight ahead, when a child walks or runs. It is frequently noticed by parents when a baby begins walking, but there are different reasons it might be displayed by children at various ages. Severe intoeing might cause younger children to trip or stumble when a foot gets caught on another, but the condition doesn’t usually cause pain.

The root causes of intoeing depend upon where the abnormal alignment begins taking place. The three common causes include:

  • Metatarsus Adductus – This is when the foot itself is curved inwards from the middle of the foot to its toes.

  • Tibia Torsion – When this is the root cause behind an intoeing condition, the tibia (shin bone) is twisted. This means that the child’s legs did not rotate properly out of the position they were in while confined in the womb.

  • Femoral Anteversion – In this situation, the in-turning is found in the femur (thigh bone). Experts do not completely understand why this condition takes place.

The good news is that treatment is often, but not always, unnecessary for a case of intoeing. The metatarsus adductus, tibia torsion, or femoral anteversion will typically resolve itself in time. Even better, there are rarely any long-term consequences for the child.

If you would like more information on the causes of intoeing, or live in the greater Sacramento, CA area and need foot or ankle care for a child, McDowell Podiatry Group is here for you. We offer the same level of pediatric foot care for our young patients that we know you, as their parents, would if you could. The experts on our staff are ready to provide the help that your child needs, so contact us today. Call our office in Carmichael at (916) 961-3434 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.

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