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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Intoeing means your child walks with his toes pointed in. It is also called pigeon toe. One or both of your child's feet may be affected. Your child may start to show signs of intoeing any time up to about 8 years of age. Intoeing is common in children. It can be mild or severe and often goes away without treatment.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child develops a limp when he walks.
- Your child has leg pain or swelling.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Your child may need more tests to see if his intoeing is getting better over time. Tests may also show if your child is developing new problems. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Manage your child's intoeing:
- Do not use any corrective devices unless directed. Shoes, shoe inserts, or cables do not help fix the problem. They can also make it hard for your child to play and walk. Do not use any of these devices unless your child's healthcare provider tells you to.
- Stretch your infant's foot as directed. You may be shown stretching exercises for your infant's feet. You may need to do the stretches a few times each day.
- Ask about your child's activities. Ask if your older child can do activities such as sports. He may need to wait if intoeing causes him to trip.
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