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Pigeon toes

What, why, and when children need therapy for pigeon toes

Is this standard?
You've asked this countless times as a parent.
Frequently, the thing that prompted that query is unimportant, an accident, or an instance of your child's own brand of eccentricity.
However, there are situations when the response is "No, and we need to take action about it."
Pigeon toes can be included in that group. Even while many children outgrow it on their own, it's not a given that they will.

What Causes Pigeon Toes and What Are Pigeon Toes?
This query is both simple and difficult.
Pigeon toes, also known as intoeing and pigeon feet, refers to your child's feet rotating inward. They bend inward instead of pointing forth.
That sounds easy enough. However, the phrase "pigeon toed" can be a bit sweeping. The same visual problem can be brought on by a number of distinct medical disorders. Everything relies on the point of origin of that inward rotation:
• Feet • Shins • Thighs

metatarsal adductus
The inward bend of your child's forefoot is known as metatarsus adductus (also known as metatarsus varus). As a result, the foot seems bent. There are many factors, including heredity and foetal placement.

Sagittal Torsion
The tibia, or shin bone, twists internally in some children. The feet also rotate as a result of this.
When your child is a baby, this kind of intoeing can not be very obvious. But as he or she stands and moves, it becomes more obvious.

anteversion of the femur
This is comparable to tibial rotation, with the exception that the femur, which is part of the thigh, rotates inward. Your child's entire leg, including the foot, twists as a result.

Do I Need to Worry?
The issue of intoeing frequently resolves itself without the need for any kind of pigeon toe repair. Those toes start to point in the right direction as kids get older.
However, it isn't always the case.
So when should you seek treatment and when should you delay? Kids Feet Paediatric Podiatrist
Two items to remember are listed below.

Parents' Instinct
Don't discount your gut instinct too quickly. Speak up if you have a nagging feeling that something needs to be done.
After all, it doesn't hurt to seek out a few professional opinions.

Comprehensive Diagnoses
If your child has a general diagnosis causing the rotation, pigeon-toed toddlers and older children are less likely to self-correct. Common illustrations include:
Spina bifida, Down syndrome, hypotonia, and cerebral palsy ndis

Treatment for Pigeon Toes
So what is the remedy for pigeon toes?
Physical therapy, casting, and stretching are all possibilities. The specifics of this will depend on your child.
Pigeon toe orthotics are another thing to think about. By addressing the root cause of the intoeing, this remedy may prevent surgery for your child.

There are a few different braces and orthotic options to take into account.

Certainstep SMOs

Custom-made ankle braces called Surestep SMOs boost stability, enhance alignment, and instill confidence.
They can be specifically tailored to address metatarsus adductus even though they are intended to treat pronation.
Those tiny feet are led back out by the SMOs' shape and function.

There is therefore no need to panic if your child has pigeon toes, regardless of the cause. It often makes itself right. If not, a number of corrective measures are readily available.


If you walk with your feet turning in, you should see our one of our podiatrists so that the underlying cause may be diagnosed.

Biomechanical Assessment is recomended.

A regime of care to help alleviate the functional consequences of this condition may be implemented. 

Any questions please feel free to ask the podiatrist, who will be happy to help you. Contact Us