In-toeing and Out-toeing

Learning how to walk is a major developmental feat for a growing toddler. The first signs of walking usually include many stumbles, falls, and uneven steps, but children quickly learn how to get about on their small legs. Sometimes children develop an abnormal gait, which causes many parents to worry about their development. Some of the most common conditions seen in children are in-toeing, when feet are rotated inwards, and out-toeing, when feet turn outwards.

In-toeing and out-toeing can result from a slight rotation in the upper or lower leg bones or feet, which could have also formed in-utero when there was very little space for the legs. It can also be hereditary. Fortunately, most in-toeing and out-toeing resolves on its own without intervention as the child’s leg muscles and bones grow and rotate appropriately to a normal angle.

In some cases, in-toeing and out-toeing may not improve and may be indicative of an underlying issue like a neuromuscular condition. If your child does or has any of the following, its important to seek the help of a foot care specialist who can examine and decide on an customized treatment plan, which may include physical therapy, special shoes, or corrective surgery.

  • Does not show any signs of improvement in gait
  • Has an abnormal gait past age 8
  • Complains of pain during walking or running
  • Has one foot that rotates more than the other

When it comes to your child, you want a highly-respected and experienced podiatrist who will provide the best possible care. At Syracuse Podiatry, Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico has been treating patients of all ages across Central New York to help diagnose and treat their foot and ankle issues. Dr. D’Amico is board-certified and specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, so no matter how severe your condition is, he is equipped to help. Whether you have heel pain, diabetic foot problems, sports injuries or arch problems, Dr. D’Amico and his friendly staff will ensure your comfort and help you achieve a comfortable lifestyle. Please contact us or call our Fayetteville office at (315) 446-3668 to schedule an appointment today!

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