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  • Writer's pictureHeather Gibson PT

In toeing

In toeing can come from 3 main sources:

  1. The foot (metatarsus adductus). This is when the forefoot turns inwards. Surgery is usually not needed but a physiotherapist can help with this. Sometimes taping or bracing can be helpful.

  2. The lower leg (internal tibial torsion). This is when the shin bone (tibia) turns inward. This usually corrects over time.

  3. The hip (femoral anteversion). This is the most common cause and can correct overtime but it also can worsen between 2-6 years of age. It is harder to make changes after this as the bones begin to harden. Physiotherapy can help using stretching and strengthening exercises. Also avoid letting your child sit in a W position.

In toeing is not harmful but it can increase the risk of tripping. If you have any concerns or questions feel free to email me directly. There are some great exercises that can help and are fun!


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