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Should I Be Worried About My Child Intoeing?

Published 27 April 2016

Intoeing, or being pigeon-toed, is a common condition among children. This is when the legs are angled inwards like a pigeon, making the child have an awkward posture and possibly causing them to be clumsy as well, with tripping and falling being common sights. It can also be painful for the legs and feet, though these are often dismissed as “growing pains”.

Intoeing is common in young children, and generally resolves itself as the child grows. It is only a concern when it doesn't go away after the child turns 3.

Most cases of intoeing resolve themselves with time, as the legs correct their angle over the years. Infants start with their legs rotated inwards, and gradually de-rotate as they begin crawling, standing, then walking. By the time they turn two and a half years old, their legs should have mostly straightened out.

If your child is still experiencing in-toeing even after they have started walking fully, do not hesitate to book a consultation with us to see what should be done.

Written by Kardem Kiter
Written by Kardem Kiter

Podiatrist – Degree in Podiatric Medicine from University of Johannesburg. Published in The Foot and member of The Golden Key Honour Society.

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