In-toeing in Children

In-toeing is when a child walks with their feet turn inward instead of straight. It is a common condition in children and usually can be outgrown. Typically, this usually does not cause any pain however might make children prone to tripping or present with an awkward walk or run.

There are three common causes of in-toeing which your physiotherapist will assess during the session:

  1. Metatarsus adductus (meaning the foot turns inward)
  2. Tibial torsion (meaning the shinbone turns inward)
  3. Femoral anteversion (meaning the thighbone turns inward)

Treatment:

  • Develop an exercise program focusing on stretching and strengthening lower limb muscles, as well as exercises for balance and coordination
  • Footwear and orthotic advice

If you are concerned about your child’s in-toeing posture, book in a review with one of our paediatric physiotherapists today on 9907 0321.

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