Can Intoeing Be a Problem for Your Kids?


Kids often experience a growing abnormality in which their toes appear to point inward when they walk, which is referred to as being “pigeon toed”. These minor abnormalities are usually outgrown by the age of two for many children, but the condition can persist for others. The majority of cases involving intoeing in older kids generally have efficacious correction by the ages of 7-9, but some of the more difficult cases may require special shoes or a cast for the feet to straighten out correctly.

Types of Intoeing                 

There are three basic types of intoeing in children:

  • Metatarsus adductus - An inward bending of the foot may occur in the central area of the arch. A rigid boot or cast can be utilized to help the straightening process. Custom orthotic shoe inserts can also be effective.
  • Femoral anteversion - A twisted thigh bone can also cause the knees and feet to turn inward. In children who continue to walk oddly or have problems with tripping by the age of 9 or earlier, a surgical procedure may be required.
  • Tibial torsion - When the twisting tendency is originating from the shin area, or tibia, the problem will probably be outgrown by age 8 or 9. If the problem continues after this point, a surgical intervention may be needed.

If you are concerned about your child’s response to intoeing or other foot shaping issues, it is important to see a podiatrist for a proper evaluation, so be sure to schedule a consultation with our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!