When parents teach their child how to walk, they may notice an inward turning of the feet. They may think they know the best way to correct the problem based on how their child is walking. However, intoeing treatment is based on the underlying diagnosis.
Metatarsus adductus is typically seen in young infants and most often corrects on its own. If rigid and persistent, casting and prescription shoes are used, and early treatment is important.
Tibial torsion is a turning in of the tibia. It also typically resolves on its own by the age of 5. If the condition continues past the age of 8, surgical treatment will likely be necessary to put the bone in its proper place. Conservative options are not effective for this condition. In some cases, the femur bone (thighbone) turns, and the course of treatment is similar to that of tibial torsion.
Don’t take chances with your children’s feet. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (512) 328-8900 to learn more and schedule an appointment.