27 Nov Pigeon Toed Adults Need Specialist Input To Get Back On Their Feet
Pigeon toeing, also known as intoeing, is most commonly described in children but can also occur in adults. Pigeon-toed adults are rare and so many family practitioners are stumped when it comes to their evaluation and treatment. That’s why its imperative for these individuals to get specialist input to rectify the issue and get them back on their feet and enjoying life.
What is intoeing?
This describes a condition where individuals toes turn in while they are walking or running. Often in children, the condition will correct itself by the age of 8-10. However, as an adult, it’s not always as simple. That’s why it’s often key to get in contact with a specialist foot and ankle doctor.
How is it diagnosed?
Typically it is noticed with a keen-eyed doctor who will observe your gait and note whether intoeing occurs. There typically aren’t any diagnostic tests like X-ray and blood tests needed.
How is intoeing treated?
Dependent on the underlying cause of the intoeing there are a whole host of different treatment options that may be prescribed by the specialist. These treatments can include:
- Simple reassurance. Even in adults, the amount that has an actual functional deficiency because of intoeing is incredibly low. For many with intoeing it’s just about getting that reassurance and understanding that it may go away on its own but isn’t serious.
- Some specialist may refer you to a physiotherapy that has experience in this area. They will often prescribe stretches (often passive stretches) that over time will realign the feet and stop intoeing. The stretches take time to work but are often very effective if followed properly.
- Although very rare in adults, rigid intoeing may be treated with surgical correction. In some patients who have tried stretching and casting it might be an option – although the failure rate of the surgery is often reported as high. The discussion about whether to go for surgery will be made as a joint decision between you and the specialist surgeon
- Some doctors will recommend special shoes that can help slowly put the feet back to a normal position. You may also be offered orthotics (these are custom made gel inserts that go into the shoe and alter the way your feet hit the ground as you walk and run) by some doctors.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from in toeing, out toeing or any other gait abnormality then consider getting in contact with a specialist in foot and ankles. These doctors have a much better understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of gait abnormalities. Unfortunately for many family practitioners, this knowledge has been lost after medical school because they don’t see these rare conditions day in day out. That’s why for anybody with a gait abnormality it’s imperative they get in contact with a specialist as soon as possible.