- In-toeing occurs when one or both feet point toward the other due to a rotation in the foot, leg thigh or hip.
- Children will sit on their legs in a W-shaped position, this can also cause to point inward.
- Excessive tripping can often reveal a more serious condition such as in-toeing.
- Podiatrists can recommend exercises, footwear changes and at times Childs orthotics to correct the problem.
- Metatarsus adductus, is a bending of the foot inward at the instep resembling the letter “C”.
- It is prevalent among early walkers, with tripping as a warning sign of MTA
- Attention needs to be given to the child’s foot formation and walking patterns by a podiatrist.
- Flexible MTA can be treated by child’s orthotics and exercises.
- Toe walking occurs when a child walks without making ground contact with their heels.
- Toe walking can be a development phase (normal for 2 & 3 yr. old’s)
- It sometimes may indicate further underlying pathology, which your podiatrist can provide treatment.
- Parents should look for limping, tripping, taking shoes of, and uneven footwear.