In-Toeing and Out-Toeing

How Can Our Podiatrist in Nassau County Help You?

With the average American walking at least one to two miles each day, foot health should be of the utmost importance. While it easy to take the function of your feet for granted, many people are affected by conditions that can make simple things like walking a difficult task. In-toeing and out-toeing are just two of these conditions. If you notice your child has been affected by them, make sure you contact Dr. Hochstein and the rest of our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care right away. Our podiatrist in Nassau County will be able to determine if the case of in-toeing and out-toeing will resolve itself on its own, or if professional intervention is necessary.

In-Toeing And Out-Toeing

The presence of in-toeing and out-toeing can be seen as a person is walking. In-toeing is when one’s feet point inward when walking, sometimes referred to as being “pigeon-toed.” Out-toeing is just the opposite, as the toes point outwards when walking. While these conditions do not usually cause pain and are likely to improve over time, there are some cases in which our podiatrist in Nassau County will need to administer treatment to correct these issues.

Common Causes 

When the feet are functioning properly, they will face straight forward when a person is walking. In-toeing and out-toeing do not just happen on their own, as they are usually the result of some underlying medical condition. The most common cause of in-toeing is a condition known as tibial torsion, which takes place when the tibia is pointed inwards.  Out-toeing, however, can be caused by femoral anteversion, which is when the femur points outwards.     

Treating In-Toeing And Out-Toeing

When in-toeing and out-toeing are left unchecked, those suffering from these conditions will be more susceptible to an unsteady gait later on in life. An unsteady gait can lead to issues of frequent tripping, stumbling, or falling. In-toeing and out-toeing may also lead to structural issues and abnormal pressures being placed on the foot. To help avoid this, our podiatrist in Nassau County may do some of the following:

  • Develop custom orthotic inserts.
  • Create specialized shoes.
  • Have patients wear casts to help realign their bones.

Contact Our Podiatrist in Nassau County

With walking and moving about on our feet being such a large aspect of our every day lives, any issues should be taken care of promptly. Though in-toeing and out-toeing are not life-threating conditions, they can lead to the development of unfortunate complications later in life. However, Dr. Hochstein and the rest of the staff at Great Neck Family Foot Care are prepared to work tirelessly to help prevent this from occurring. Be sure to contact us to get the help you need from our podiatrist in Nassau County today!