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What Causes Out-Toeing in Children?

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Baby feet in sand When something doesn’t seem quite right, you more often than not want to know why. It might be a suspicious situation, or even something as simple as why that one picture will never stay straight no matter what you do to it! And if it deals with your child’s feet not remaining straight when he or she walks, you absolutely want to know the deal with that.

We don’t blame you. Both out-toeing, when the feet curve outward, and in-toeing, when the feet curve in most often occur due to a rotation of the leg bones. This can either be the tibia (lower leg bone) or femur (upper leg bone).

The tibia is the most frequent cause of in-toeing. Fortunately, it is also one that is very likely to naturally correct itself. Most cases of tibial rotation improve by the age of 4. As for why this happens in the first place, there is no definitive answer. Genetics is believed to play a role, but so may the position of the fetus in the womb.

Other, much less common abnormalities in a child’s bone or muscle structure can account for out-toeing, some being more serious than others. Seeing your child toddle around with not-so-straight feet is not a reason to panic, but it should be something to keep watch on.  Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery can discover potential problems early and provide you with some well-deserved peace of mind. Schedule an appointment by calling (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for our office in Hamden.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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