Find Answers to Your Questions About Foot Care and Injury Prevention
Our Palm Desert podiatry team fields questions daily. Do you have a question about how to manage your foot pain? Do you have a question about the safety of a current footwear fad? Do you want to know more about foot and ankle injury prevention? If so, we hope you find the answers you need here.
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Difference Between In-toeing or Out-toeing?
There are some conditions that can affect children’s feet and intoeing and outtoeing are two very common ones. Both may be normal or abnormal depending on examination and history of foot and leg problems in the family, are often easily treated, but can affect a child’s ability to live an active lifestyle.
Feet naturally point straight ahead or have a slightly outward position. Sometimes, however, they may be angled in or out more so than usual. Intoeing is a musculoskeletal condition where the feet are rotated inward. You may hear this lower extremity condition referred to as being “pigeon-toed.” There are several causes of intoeing and it can appear from birth to adolescence. Outtoeing is the opposite, when feet are turned outward farther than normal. These rotational deformities may resolve on their own and rarely require surgical intervention. The cause of the deformity should be determined because treatment may be necessary. If you have further questions about the difference between intoeing and outtoeing, or any concerns about your child’s foot health or gait development, contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA. Foot pain is never normal and if your child is complaining of discomfort or you notice a shift in their activity level, it is important to evaluate what may be causing the problem. Reach our office by calling (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment online.
Are my child’s feet normal?
There are a few conditions that may cause problems for your kids. Clubfoot is a common deformity that is present at birth and requires varying levels of treatment depending on its severity. Feet are turned inward at the ankle, resembling the head of a golf club, but when treatment is applied early, your child should not have ongoing problems.
Other problems are toes that point inwards at birth (possible metatarsus adductus) or during the walking stage, when it could be indicative of an intoeing problem. Your child’s feet will look flat—which is normal because arches develop later on—but you will want to monitor their feet should they remain flat. Another genetic problem is overlapping toes, and this requires intervention before the toe becomes stiff and rigid.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s foot health or development, contact Harvey R. Danciger DPM for diagnosis. If treatment is necessary, our caring staff will tailor a plan for your child’s feet. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.
What causes intoeing?
Intoeing is a common condition among children where feet unnaturally turn inward instead of pointing straight ahead. It is typically noticed in the early stages of life when the child begins to walk. Most of the time it does not cause any pain, but in severe cases it can impact coordination and cause a child to trip and stumble.
There are three causes for this condition that center around where the misalignment is coming from. With metatarsus adductus, there is a curve in the foot. The middle of the foot bends inward and it can be flexible or rigid. The feet are often pressed into this position in the uterus and usually straighten out over time. In tibial torsion, the tibia in the lower leg is twisted inward and it usually corrects itself without treatment. Femoral anteversion is when a child’s femur or thighbone turns inward and causes the legs and feet to point inward during walking. Again, in almost all cases this corrects itself as the child grows older.
Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Danciger if you have concerns about an intoeing problem with your child. Call our office anytime at (760) 568-0108.
What is clubfoot?
Clubfoot is a common birth defect that is present in newborns. The name comes from the appearance of the feet, as they are usually turned in and positioned at an angle that resembles the head of a golf club. The tissues that connect the muscles to the bones in the foot are shorter than usual and result in this twisted position.
The cause of clubfoot is unknown, although some studies have linked the condition to family history and smoking during pregnancy. This condition occurs in approximately one in every 1000 births and ranges in severity. It can affect one or both feet. When one foot is affected, the leg, calf and foot are usually shorter and smaller than the other side. This foot problem is not painful and typically does not cause any problems until a few years later when the child starts to stand and walk.
A child’s mobility may be slightly hindered, but since this deformity is noticeable at birth, treatment usually begins within a couple of weeks. Treatment may involve stretching, casting, taping or surgery, and with the level of care provided today most children have very successful outcomes. If you have further questions regarding this condition or have growing concerns about the complications, contact the Palm Desert office of Dr. Harvey Danciger. Call us today at (760) 568-0108.
What is normal for children's feet?
Children go through many changes as they grow up and feet are not exempt from being a part of these changes. Parents often attribute aches and pains as “growing pains” but it is important to note that foot pain is never normal.
Children that have strong and healthy feet while young tend to avoid complications in adulthood. It is important for parents to be checking their children’s feet on a regular basis.
An infant’s feet do not yet have arches that have developed. Let them kick and stretch and avoid strain from shoes that might squeeze feet and toes. It is normal for toddlers learning to walk to have a pigeon-toe gait. Out-toeing, when feet turn outwards is also common. Many children also begin walking on toes instead of their heels. As posture and balance matures over time, children most often outgrow these problems.
Pediatric flatfoot is a common condition seen in children and most of the time presents no pain or problems for the child. It is normal for children’s feet to change size and shape quickly starting in the first year. It is common for a child’s shoe size to be updated every few months in certain stages of growth.
It is important to take diligent care of young feet. If a child is not outgrowing some of the problems mentioned, is complaining of any pain or has issues such as warts or ingrown toenails have them treated by Dr. Danciger as soon as possible. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger today.