IN TOE GAIT
What is In-Toe Gait?
When feet turn inward — a tendency referred to as walking “pigeon-toed” doctors call it in-toeing
Symptoms of In-Toe Gait
- C shaped foot
- Prominent styloid process
- Metatarsus Primus Varus
- Child may be clumsy and trip
- Socially embarrassed by how they walk
Causes of In-Toe Gait
Two thirds of children that in-toe have an inwards twist to the top of their femur (thigh bone) at the hip. This is called femoral anteversion. Some children may have an inwards twist to their tibia (shin bone). This is called internal tibial torsion. In some children in-toe walking may be due to the shape their feet which are curved and tend to hook inwards. This is called metatarsus adductus.
When to see a podiatrist?
Unfortunately, children can’t always explain what they’re feeling other than saying it hurts. It is therefore vital for parents and people involved in the child’s upbringing, to pay close attention to the development of your child’s feet.
Treatment for In-Toe Gait
- Prescription orthotics
- Discourage bad posture e.g. TV position and sleeping posture
- Counter-rotational systems
Is In-Toe Gait covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether your children’s treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.