Intoeing is a condition in which the feet turn inward instead of pointing straight ahead when walking or running. This is commonly found in children of various ages and for different reasons. It almost always corrects itself without treatment over time.
The three most common causes of intoeing include metatarsus adductus (curved foot), tibial torsion (twisted shinbone) and increased femoral anteversion (twisted thighbone).
Generally, intoeing occurs in children under the age of 8 years old. Intoeing will almost always correct itself without the use of casts, braces, surgery or any other special treatment. Intoeing is first noticed by parents when a baby begins walking, but children at various ages may display intoeing for different reasons.
If you think your child may have intoeing, you may request to have an orthopedic specialist do a physical exam. The orthopedist may want to do an X-ray to see the bones of the feet and legs more clearly.
Intoeing almost always corrects itself without treatment as children grow older. Intoeing by itself does not cause pain, nor does it lead to arthritis. An orthopedic surgeon should evaluate a child whose intoeing is associated with pain, swelling or a limp.
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