Most babies are born with feet that point either straight ahead or slightly outward, but a few have feet that turn inward, called intoeing or “pigeon-toed.” The cause may simply be hereditary or from a lack of space in the womb that curved the feet. The most common cause is called internal tibial torsion, when the leg bone is twisted inward. Another cause, excess femoral anteversion, occurs when the thigh bone twists inward. Neither condition is painful. A third cause, metatarsus adductus, is also when the toe points inward. Several braces are available to help straighten your child’s feet, but in many cases children’s feet will simply straighten out as they get older. However, if your child has difficulty standing, walking, or running, it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist conduct a thorough examination and possibly take X-rays, to determine the cause and available treatment options.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.