In most cases, you don’t actually need to treat intoeing. This gait abnormality is common in children and has several different causes behind it, including metatarsus adductus, tibial torsion, and femoral anteversion. These issues frequently resolve on their own as your child improves his or her walking and as he or she gets older. Special braces, shoes, and even physical therapy do not help improve tibial torsion or femoral anteversion.
Metatarsus adductus that doesn’t resolve on its own, however, can be treated with stretching and casting, much like the treatments for clubfoot. The curved feet will be stretched out, then put in casts or special shoes to hold them in place as they grow. Very rarely does this require surgery to fix. If the other causes for intoeing last beyond age ten, lead to trouble walking, or create discomfort, your child might need surgery to address the inward twist in the leg bones. If you’re concerned about your child’s intoeing, let our experts at Carolina Podiatry Group investigate it and put your mind at ease. Call us to ask for more information: (803) 548-FEET for our Fort Mill office or (803) 285-1411 for our Lancaster location.