Did you know that baseball great Babe Ruth intentionally ran the bases in a pigeon-toed manner because he was sure it helped him go faster? The term describes feet that are turned in while standing or walking. It can be present right from birth or develop later in childhood, but if you notice this condition in your child, take proactive steps to ensure it does not cause future complications.
Pigeon-toe is also called intoeing. When it is present at birth, it is often due to heredity, but it can also be caused by the position in the uterus. A medical professional or podiatrist will help you monitor your child’s development. Intoeing in infancy usually resolves during the first year, but if it is more severe there are casting and splinting treatments to try to straighten out the feet. When it develops later between the ages of two and ten, it is typically due to a twisting of the shinbone or the thighbone. You would notice the feet pointing inward and may observe your child stumbling or showing signs of clumsiness due to the positioning of their feet. Again, it often corrects itself over time but if you are concerned the intoeing is getting worse, your child has trouble walking, or it is inhibiting the activities your child is able to do, do not hesitate to call Family Foot Care & Surgery.
Dr. Sanjay Patel can evaluate your child’s feet and provide expert advice and treatment options should there be complications to treat and/or avoid. He can help find comfortable shoes and monitor your child’s foot health for potential future problems. Call us today for an appointment in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.