Woo-hoo! Finally, the sunny, warmer days have arrived! With the nicer weather, kids everywhere are emerging from their homes and playing outside, but if you’re worried your little one won’t be able to join in because of pigeon toes, we’re here to calm your concerns!
Little kids’ feet sometimes turn inward when they walk, usually resulting from an abnormal rotation of the lower or upper leg present at birth. While this may seem concerning, rest assured that in most cases pigeon toes correct themselves on their own as children grow and gain better muscle control and coordination. Unless your child is tripping and the condition is interfering with his or her ability to run and play, treatment is not necessary. If, however, kids’ feet turning inward is slow to improve and gets in the way of their normal activities, there are some conservative measures you can take to help speed up the rotational correction.
Stretches and exercises that encourage feet to stay in proper position – when done regularly -- can help muscles learn to point feet forward. Orthotics are also helpful in keeping feet in correct alignment. There are night splints that can be worn, but just as braces were once thought to be beneficial, these too have proven to be somewhat ineffective. The best thing to do is to come see us and let us assess your child’s feet. We will rule out any serious underlying conditions that may be contributing, and determine the right course of action to help your child get out and play and enjoy the nice weather!
If your little one is pigeon-toed, let us help. Call for an appointment at our Bloomington, IL office by phoning (309) 661-9975. We’re here for all of your child’s foot care needs!