Torrance Foot & Ankle Specialist
Intoeing is characterized by the feet turning inward instead of pointing
straight ahead when walking or running. It is commonly noticed during
early childhood when a child begins to walk, but it can also be identified
among children of various ages and for different reasons. The condition
does not usually cause any pain or lead to arthritis, and it does not
usually interfere with how a child learns to walk.
Three common conditions can cause intoeing:
- Metatarsus adductus – This condition occurs when the feet, from the
midfoot to the toes, bend inward. Metatarsus can range from mild and flexible
to more pronounced and rigid. Most cases will improve on their own during
the first 9 months of a baby’s life, but more severe deformity may
require treatment using casting or special shoes. Surgery is not typically required.
- Tibial torision – Tibial torision involves the inward twisting of
the tibia, or lower leg, and usually corrects itself gradually after birth
or as a child grows taller. Most cases of tibial torision will improve
before a child reaches school age, but surgery may be required to realign
the bone in older children with a severe twist that interferes with walking.
- Femoral torision – Femoral torision, or femoral anteversion, occurs
when the femur, or thigh bone, turns inward. It typically becomes apparent
in children around the age of 5 or 6, and is characterized by an increased
twist near the hip, which can cause the knees and feet to point inward
rather than straight when walking. The majority of cases involving femoral
torision will correct on their own without treatment. Surgery to rotate
the femur into proper alignment only becomes necessary when severe deformity
creates walking difficulties for older children.
If your young child displays intoeing when walking or running, they will
likely outgrow the condition before the age of 8 without any need for
treatment. However, cases of severe intoeing may require medical intervention
in order to correct. Intoeing associated with pain, swelling, or limping
should also be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist.
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