You might know that the Cactus Wren is Arizona’s state bird, and probably even more famous is the frequently-seen Roadrunner, but pigeons? Well, you don’t see many of those around here! If you did you would likely notice that these particular fowls walk with their feet pointed inward, which is exactly why kids who walk this way are said to be pigeon-toed – a condition much more commonly seen than the birds themselves (at least in Arizona)!
If you notice your child’s toes point inward when walking, this might be concerning, however rest assured that this condition, also known as in-toeing, typically corrects itself on its own over time. There are a few things you can do to help the straightening process along, though.
Certain stretches can encourage your little one’s feet to point forward. Night splints can be used to hold feet in proper position, and custom orthotics worn inside shoes can help with alignment as well. Believe it or not, pigeon toes can be helped by walking backwards or walking on a raised log or beam – just be careful! If feet do not seem to be responding to these techniques, and you see no changes as your child grows, there are surgical options you may need to consider that entail repositioning bones and soft tissues and casting, but such cases are rare – kind of like spotting a pigeon in the middle of the desert!
If you are concerned with the way in which your child walks, please come in and see us so we can rule out any underlying conditions and set your mind at ease. We will assess your child’s feet and gait and determine if treatment is necessary. Just call for an appointment at our Chandler or Gilbert office by dialing (480) 963-9000.