Intoeing, commonly referred to as being pigeon toed, happens when children walk with their feet turned in. It’s a common condition that can be present at birth or develop in young children.
Intoeing usually doesn’t cause pain or prevent a child from learning to walk or run and often corrects itself. Most children’s feet gradually straighten out as they grow older and their walking and running improves. If the condition continues and is left untreated, it can lead to complications including:
- An unbalanced gait (way of walking) that can cause strain
- Reduced athletic ability because of problems running and jumping
- Foot deformities including bunions, hammertoes and flat feet
Orthopaedic Treatment at Children's National Hospital
Advanced care and treatments available in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Children’s National are improving quality of life for the children we treat and the families we serve. Discover more about the treatments we offer.
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Providers Who Treat Intoeing
Departments that Treat Intoeing
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children's National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation, with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.
Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic
For more than 25 years, the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic has provided multidisciplinary care for infants, children, and young adults with various forms of skeletal disorders.