If his or her feet point outwards, your child has a condition we refer to as “out-toeing.” This tends to be less common than in-toeing and is more likely to have long-term issues, but it actually can have similar origins.
While in-toeing can happen either due to internal tibial torsion or femoral anteversion, out-toeing can be caused by external tibial torsion or femoral retroversion. Basically, in-toeing happens if the lower or upper leg bones twist inward, and this problem is the opposite.
In some cases, the condition develops on account of your infant’s fetal position during gestation. For other children, it can be a symptom of an underlying neurological problem. There are also instances where the it is related to an existing flatfoot condition.
Many cases will resolve on their own in time, but if you have a son or daughter who is struggling, bring him or her in to Richardson Podiatry Associates. We will provide the care your child needs. Call us at (972) 690-5374 for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Richardson, TX office.