If your young child has pigeon toes also known as in-toeig where the toes point in, they may also be dealing with chronically sprained or minorly sprained ankles. Though the ankle may not fully sprain all it may take is for the child to jump off of a swing or bar on a playground and land wrong to feel that uncomfortable yet familiar creeping ache rise through the ankle and be unable to move properly for a few minutes.
Pidgeon toe’dness is visually visible when the child stands straight on. You can see the toes hook inwards towards one another. It can be a problem as kids start to learn how to walk as their little toes do not point forward and can get in the way and trip them as the try and walk forward in a straight line. It can make walking more difficult.
It is normal for any child or adult to walk with our toes about 15 degrees pointed out. So any person with toes pointed inward or even straight ahead is considered to be, to a degree, pigeon-toed.
What can be done by your chiropractor?
Tibial Torsion – The tibia (shin bone) has not yet turned.
Your chiropractor can adjust a subluxation in the bones and explain how to stretch the appropriate muscles. Customized orthotics may also be made to go inside of the child’s shoes to help aid in the correction of the excessive pronation. Shoes with good arch support and a work out program that supports the building of muscle in the legs and feet are also important. Soccer, running, and football is all recommended.
Femoral Torsion – The Femur or thigh bone exhibits excessive pronation.
Stretching and strengthening focused on the hip rather than the leg – sports like bicycling, ballet and gymnastics are encouraged.
In both cases – stretching, strengthening and using low force strategies like the instance activator method
Metatarsus ductus – This involves the foot itself. Adjustments will concentrate on the bones of the foot and orthotics can be used if it continues past age 7.
Left untreated incorrect mechanics and foot movement can lead to more problems down the road. If your child is pigeon toed it is important to consult a good chiropractor or podiatrist.
If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area we invite you to make an appointment with the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C.
Chiropractor & Nutritionist in Fort Myers, FL.
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent them before they start?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor, and nutritionist in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.