When Should I See a Doctor About In-Toeing/Out-Toeing?
While in-toeing and out-toeing might give parents something to worry about, the condition usually corrects itself, sometimes even without treatment. Parents who notice their kids in-toeing or out-toeing right as they start can often panic, but most of the time, it’s no cause to call the doctor.
However, there are a few circumstances when a parent should bring their baby to our office:
If it is Uncorrected By Age 10
Sometimes, the extent of the deformity can fail to correct itself by the time the child starts going to school. Our doctors recommend that if in-toeing is uncorrected by age 10, it might be time to seek intervention from our family-friendly podiatrists.
When the Child is in Pain or has Trouble Walking
We all love our children, and it’s true that when they’re in pain, we might feel it with them. In scenarios where the child is in pain or has problems walking because of an uncorrected deformity, it’s important to consult our doctors.
An examination can reveal the source of the problem and prepare your child for a faster correction. Checking in with our doctors as the child gets older can ensure that they don’t miss any important milestones. All kids deserve to enjoy the pleasures of running and playing sports/games as much as they want.
Is In-Toeing and Out-Toeing Normal?
Yes, this is a Normal Condition in Young Children
We worry about our children every day, and it’s only natural that we would be concerned about a case of in-toeing or out-toeing. You or a loved one must understand that it’s completely normal. Look at in-toeing as an aspect of development and growing up, and have confidence in the fact that it all gets better with time.
They Should Grow Out of it Naturally
Unless in rare cases, the efficient bodies of children grow to correct everything completely on their own. While doctors can recommend some special shoes to correct the challenge or assist the body to heal faster, it’s all a natural process. In-toeing corrects itself before they are 8 years old, and it won’t cause other conditions such as arthritis.
Like all conditions, there are various treatment options for in and out-toeing.
Casts are the most popular avenue for the treatment of toe or foot-related deformities. Serial casting works by keeping the foot in the correct position for extended periods as the foot readjusts into the right position.
2. Prescription Shoes
Prescription shoes are an alternative option for situations where casts might make the child uncomfortable or are less severe. These shoes will help their feet heal as they continue with their daily activities.
3. Surgical Intervention
Surgical interventions for in or out-toeing are usually a last resort. Like all surgeries, the main goal of the intervention is to correct the problem and expedite the healing. A surgical intervention that is usually recommended is osteotomy, where bones are broken and realigned to ensure they heal in their “normal position.” This surgical endeavor treats the most severe cases.
Other instances when surgery is recommended include when the child is about 8-10 years old but still has a severe tibial torsion that affects their ability to walk. In cases of femoral anteversion, the condition is corrected via proper alignment after the femur is cut. Of course, doctors are trained to assess each case properly and will prepare you and your child for the procedure to ensure it’s as pain-free as possible.
Contact Us Today to Get Professional Foot Care Services
At Richardson Podiatry, we dedicate ourselves to providing comprehensive and compassionate foot care. We believe that every child deserves a chance to go through all stages of development, and we’re ready and willing to work with parents to make this dream a reality.
If you or a loved one’s child has a case of in or out-toeing, reach out today to speak to a trained professional. Book your appointment by calling (972) 690-5374 or by filling out our online form, and let us take your worries away.