In-Toeing in Children

Our feet, ankles and legs are designed for the foot to point straight forward when we walk and run. But sometimes children’s feet will point inward, which is otherwise known as in-toeing or being pigeon toed.

When the in-toeing is pronounced, it may cause a child to stumble or trip frequently.

Can they grow out of this?

Regular in-toeing is not painful and doesn’t cause arthritis. In most cases, it will correct itself by the time the child turns eight. But some children in-toe as a result of a bone abnormality. They may have a foot that bends inward from the middle of the foot to the toes, or they could have a twisted shin or thighbone causing the problem.

If your child is in-toeing, we recommend bringing them in for an evaluation to make sure there is not an underlying issue that needs to be corrected. We will talk to you about the history of your child’s in-toeing, measure the angles of the feet, legs and hips, and possibly take X-rays to get a closer look.

In most cases, the problem will correct itself. But for more severe cases involving a bone abnormality, casting or a brace might be necessary to avoid long-term problems.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


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Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

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The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

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Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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