Out-toeing

Out-toeing appears as an abnormal curvature in the foot, resulting in the toe pointing outwards, rather than straight ahead. Out-toeing is usually diagnosed in young children and can be a consequence of an underlying condition. In most cases, out-toeing corrects itself as the child grows and develops.

The most common and apparent symptom of out-toeing is that your child’s toes will be curved, which sees the toes pointing towards the outside of the foot.  

Other symptoms may include (but are not limited to):

  • An altered gait (walking style)
  • A small but noticeable limp
  • Pain or discomfort in the hip, thigh, knee or foot

In most cases, out-toeing develops from an underlying condition. The main ones are as follows (but are not limited to):

  • Femoral interverson: During gestation, the fetus’ hips are rotated and flexed outwards. The condition commonly corrects itself when your child starts walking.
  • External Tibial Torsion: When the shin bone (tibia) twists outwards. Similar to femoral interversion, this occurs during gestation. Although this condition typically corrects itself, it may require further treatment.
  • Flat feet: Refers to little to no arch in the foot. Flat feet are common in babies and toddlers and typically corrects naturally. 

Out-toeing treatment depends on your child’s individual medical and family history, as well as the diagnosis of the underlying condition. 

If your child’s out-toeing has not corrected itself over time, or if you have any concerns, then come into our clinic. Our friendly and experienced podiatrists will assess your child’s feet and provide advice and guidance on managing in-toeing, along with any relevant treatment options.  

Our team at Footfocus Podiatry are friendly and have extensive experience. We will guide you through your journey with us.

Our 5-step process is designed entirely for you and your ongoing foot health and general wellbeing:

Step 1: You talk, we listen. We want to get the fullest understanding possible of what issues you are experiencing, and how they might be related. No detail is too small.

Step 2: We’ll assess your foot and leg using a variety of diagnostic tools and techniques.

Step 3: Throughout the diagnostic process, we’ll let you see what’s happening and why, and explain our findings in simple, plain English.

Step 4: We start doing our job and getting you better. This might include multiple treatments and different techniques, so we will keep you informed every step of the way.

Step 5: We stay with you, supporting you through recovery and moving you into preventative foot care, keeping the spring in your step for years to come.

For advice on managing out-toeing, book an appointment today. 

To ensure you stay on top of any foot or overall health concerns and prevent their onset or development, book a Podiatry appointment with our dedicated and knowledgeable team.

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