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TandEMommy 04-03-2007 10:27 PM

Intoeing...
 
We went to my DD's 2yr check up today, and I brought up my concern about her "pigeon toeing"...where her feet kind of turn inward when she stands and walks. I guess it's called "intoeing" technically.

Anyway, come to discover that her left leg is *slightly* longer than her right, which may be part of the problem. Or not related at all...hard to tell.

Has anyone had a child with this problem? We've been referred to a podiatrist, but they can't see us until the end of May, so... I've thought about taking her to a chiropractor to see if they can help.

Any ideas? Is this something they grow out of? Are we looking at splints or anything in the future?

Any suggestions/experiences would be helpful. Thanks!

hollydlr 04-04-2007 09:45 AM

Re: Intoeing...
 
This kinda runs in my family. The worst cases have worn special shoes, or had to sleep wearing shoes nailed to a board. That only lasts several months or a year during early childhood - as they grow things get into the right place. My cousin had it terribly as a baby and was an internationally ranked Irish dancer by the time he was 12. But if its not that bad, they just monitor it. My sister never had treatment and is actually pretty darn pigeon-toed, but she is a very successful competitive gymnast. I would think consulting a chiropractor couldn't hurt anything and they might be able to help. One leg longer than the other can be a sign of the hips being out of alignment (happens to me all the time). So, I think if you keep your eye on it, your LO will turn out just fine!

jls~Kain~Drake 04-04-2007 11:33 AM

Re: Intoeing...
 
Both of my boys have that...my first is a lot worse though. The ped has assured me (over and over, because I continue to bring it up) that it's not an issue and that most athletes who are very successful have 'intoeing'. *rolling eyes* He trips a lot and I swear it has to do with the intoeing. *shrug* Good luck at the foot doc. Oh..SIL had it really bad too and had to wear special shoes for awhile.


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