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Pigeon Toed Toddler?? Rss

Hi There!

My 15 month old daughter began walking about 6-7 weeks ago, and now walks confidently and happily almost everywhere she goes!

However, it was pointed out to me yesterday by a family member that she walks with her toes pointed slightly inward in a slight pigeon-toed fashion. She also rolls one of her feet slightly.

I have no idea what to do, or if this is a problem? Has anyone else had any experience in this area?

We do have a pediatrician appointment in a months time...maybe I should mention it then?

I am really worried, cos as a first time Mum I often worry about doing the best thing by my baby and I am a bit embarrassed I didnt notice..I suppose to me she is perfect lol!!

Carolyn smile
Don't be embarrassed. I didn't notice how stiff my 21 month old is when he walks until the pediatrician pointed it out.

Our nearly 3 y/o walked pigeon toed for a few months after he started walking at 14 months. I was a little worried cos I have been pigeon toed since I was a toddler and it has caused a lot of problems. I was told my our GP that most kids are pigeon toed when they first start walking though so it can be difficult to diagnose properly. If by 2 he wasn't walking properly they would look further into it. When he hit 2 he was SOOOOOO much better.

Our 21 month old on the other hand is still really stiff in the legs so our ped recommended we see a physiotherapist soon to try to get things sorted.

I reckon mention it at your ped appointment and go from there. Hopefully your ped is as good as ours is.

Don't stress too much about it. If caught early enough these things can be fixed. My Parents were told I would grow out of it when I was younger. it wasn't until I was about 12 did they do something about fixing it. By then it was a bit late.

My 14month old has the same problem, was also pointed out by someone else as well.
Ive been advised to let him go bare foot as much as possible and to make sure he has properly fitted shoes and hopefully he will just out grow it.

I'm badly pigeon-toed myself and had to see a specialist at one stage and my only option was surgery, which i decided not to go ahead with, it's not really a big deal to me and doesn't bother or harm me in any way. Its also seen to been hereditary so there's a good chance my son wont grow out of

Good luck smile

My DH has flat feet (no arch) so when DD started showing signs of having the same problem I took her along to a local podiatrist. The one I saw bulk bills any consults with kids under the age of 5 and they were really helpful - gave suggestions of what we can do to minimise the impact it will have on her etc.

Since you've got an appointment in a month I'd probably leave it and just see how it goes and mention it then. If it continues to be a problem I would think that your pediatrician or a podiatrist should be able to help out with suggestions/advice.

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