Why Do My Child’s Feet Point In?
New parents (and even those who have had a few children already) tend to obsess over their young children, watching carefully as they learn to crawl, then pull themselves up, then take those first few unsteady steps. While no child gets it totally right the first (or second, or third …) time, with some kids you may notice the feet look a little out of place. When baby’s feet turn inward—a condition known as
Why are baby’s feet pointing inward? Fundamentally, the issue is a slight twisting or rotation in one of the leg bones. The lower leg or shinbone is the most common location for this rotation; this is called tibial torsion. However, the twist could be located just in the feet (which is metatarsus
It’s not always clear why these rotations occur. There’s some evidence to suggest a genetic component—if mom or dad walked with a pigeon-toed gait as children, there may be a greater chance that baby will, too.
Another possible cause is cramping in the womb. A child’s bones remain soft and flexible, not only before
Fortunately, some forms of
That said, you should always make a point to see a specialist like Dr. Stuart Birnbaum whenever you notice feet that turn in, whether it’s obvious from birth or doesn’t really appear until baby starts walking. In rare
To schedule an appointment for you and your little one with Dr. Stuart Birnbaum and the team at Brook Valley podiatry, call (845) 352-7507 for Spring Valley, NY. You can also complete our online contact form to request a time at either location.