Written by Editorial Team
Children grow unbelievably fast. As a mother, it’s quite natural for you to watch closely the development of the baby and how they accomplish each of their growing milestones. Standing and walking is an important milestone most of the mothers look forward to. Kids start to stand and walk long before the muscles and bones in their feet and legs have fully developed. Therefore, in the beginning, you may notice some peculiarities in their gait and also some wobbly walk. The way of walking of a toddler will be different than that of grown-up kids. For example, toe walking is common in toddlers around the age of three. The adult gait and posture develop only around the age of 8 years. Most of the mild issues related to gait will resolve on its own as the baby grows. However, some issues need medical assistance.
The most commonly found abnormal walk among kids are in-toeing and out-toeing. Baby’s position in the womb and family history plays a role in acquiring these conditions to a certain extent. Mostly these conditions won’t cause any pain or pose any hindrance in walking, running, or playing and will resolve eventually as the kid grows up. But then again, there are also some exceptions. Continue reading to know more.
Most people’s feet point straight ahead or slightly outwards. But in some cases, some of the kid’s feet will point inward. An inward rotated feet where the toes point toward the midline when they walk is called in-toeing. It is also commonly called as “pigeon’s toe”, and can appear during any time of the development of the baby.
Out-toeing also called “duck feet” is an opposite condition of pigeon’s toes. This condition is more visible than in-toeing due to the peculiarity of the child’s walk. Unlike in-toeing, out-toeing can cause pain and long-term disability. This is because the out-toeing puts immense pressure on the joints of hip, legs, and feet as the baby grows and gains weight. Therefore, timely treatment is necessary for out-toeing. Otherwise, there are higher chances of your baby developing childhood arthritis
The out-toeing can be caused due to:
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