Before i had the toddler i didn’t have a clue what intoeing was and hadn’t seen it before but when the toddler was starting to want to stand she was struggling to get her balance as she feet would curl inwards and kept her off balance so i took her off the the doctors and was surprised when i was told that she had intoeing and that it would self correct any time up to the age of 5.
So the big question what is intoeing:
Intoeing is when your child walks with their feet turned, pointing inwards. It is also known as pigeon toes.
The cause may be due to a problem with your child’s feet or lower or upper legs. There are three conditions that can cause intoeing. These are: curved foot (metatarsus adductus), twisted shin bone (tibial torsion) and twisted thigh bone.
Curved foot (metatarsus adductus)
This is when the front of the foot curves inwards. You may notice this at birth or in your child’s first months. It can affect one or both feet and is probably caused by your baby’s position in the womb. In the majority of children it corrects without treatment by walking age. If the feet are not flexible and the problem does not seem to be getting better, plaster casts or special boots attached to a bar (that hold your child’s feet turned outwards and in the corrected position), may be used. Minor surgery may also be needed to correct the problem.
Twisted shin bone (internal tibial torsion)
Intoeing may be caused by excessive inward twist of the shin bone (tibia). This becomes noticeable when your child begins walking. The cause is probably due to your baby’s position when in the womb. This usually corrects with normal growth by about six years of age.
Twisted thighbone (femoral anteversion)
This is rotation in the upper thigh bone (femur) which causes the whole of the lower leg to turn inward. It is more common in children over the age of three years. It will usually correct itself with normal growth by the age of twelve.
The toddler has curved foot in both feet but isn’t too bad she is just really clumsy and prone to tripping up as her left foot has a mind of its own when it wants to specially when she is tired. Luckily she doesn’t need anything to help with her feet and the doctor says it will correct its self over time so hopefully she will get less clumsy as she grows. But we do love her unique feet. So if you notice their feet are curved slightly and are concerned a doctor can tell you if it is intoeing after some simple little checks to their feet legs and hips and can reassure you that they are perfectly perfect too.