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.