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In-toeing Gait (Children)

What is In-toeing Gait?

It is the pointing in of the feet when walking in an otherwise normal child.

Causes of In-toeing Gait include:

  • Under the age of 2, due to inward curvature of the feet (Metatarsus Adductus)
  • In the toddler age, due to inward twisting of the leg (Tibia Intorsion)
  • In the school going age, due to malrotation of the thigh bone (Femoral Anteversion)
What are the signs & symptoms of In-toeing Gait?

For more severe cases, the child may trip easily especially when running.

What are the treatment options for In-toeing Gait?
  • Often corrects spontanesously with time.
  • Sitting posture may have to be modified.
  • In the older adolescent child with severe in-toeing, a cut in the thigh bone for de-rotation may be necessary.
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