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My baby's toes turn in. Am going to get her checked out. Anything I should know or ask?

(17 Posts)
TessTing123 Sun 17-Mar-13 10:42:13

She is 12 months old. Now she is walking well it is very noticeable that one foot in particular is very turned in and the other is a bit too.

Does anyone have experience of this? Is there anything I should know or any questions I should ask?

Have booked an apt to get it looked at.

beautifulgirls Sun 17-Mar-13 10:47:15

Ask for a referral to an orthotist or podiatrist if you are worried. Some children do turn in when young and it may be a variation of normal for her.

TessTing123 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:39:09

Thank you. I will bear that in mind.

SpottyTeacakes Sun 17-Mar-13 18:49:44

They will probably refer you to children's physio. Dd walked on the insides of her feet to start with and sees her physio regularly smile they just gave us some stretches and have kept an she on her

Milliways Sun 17-Mar-13 19:17:05

You may find that she has "floppy" ankles. I was worried about DD's in-toeing as I had major surgery for a severe problem as a child. He confirmed her hips were sound, then held her lower leg and showed how loose her ankle joints were. As she ran along her foot "flopped" and usually ended up pointing inwards, but her hips and knees were perfect, so she would grow out of it - which she did smile

If you GP is unsure he will refer you to a specialist, but most children self correct as they grow.

TessTing123 Mon 18-Mar-13 03:08:53

Thank you both. That's reassuring.

mabongwen Mon 18-Mar-13 03:24:22

milli I had floppy ankles! Never stopped me and I became very good at sport. I grew out of it.

Hope your LO is ok OP, like others have said GP will refer you if he/she is concerned. X

RooneyMara Mon 18-Mar-13 06:31:50

They will tell you it'll probably self correct.

They told me this with ds1 who was about 3/4 at the time, and it never has and he is nearly 10. He's stopped falling over his own feet but still walks with his toes facing inwards, very markedly.

I'm not even sure if they can DO anything now so watching the thread for advice if thats Ok.

Hope you get somewhere with GP. I'm sure most kids do self correct fwiw.

SneakyBiscuitEater Mon 18-Mar-13 06:44:54

Do push to get it checked out by someone other than a GP. Our GP missed my DD1s DDH (dislocated hip) on three occasions. I had also been seen by lots of HV and expressed my concerns. We finally got a referral in a very reluctant just to put your mind at rest because you keep going on about it kind of way. Turns out she had a frank dislocation which is the worst kind of displaysia and because of her age at diagnosis she was at the very edge of the non surgical treatment route. Luckily for her the non surgical treatment was successful, it did require three months of wearing a Pavlik Harness (hip and leg brace) 23 1/2 hours a day - but it worked.

With most things bone wise early diagnosis and treatment is related to successful outcomes so do push to get a referral.

Hope it all goes well and is nothing too serious.

kelda Mon 18-Mar-13 06:51:02

RooneyMara - we've had a similar experience with ds - when he was two they didn't want to do anything, but now he is four and been assessed by a physiotherapist following a referral from the school.

Fortunately the physio referred him straight to the orthopaedic doctor for specially made shoes, and we are awaiting that appointment now. Unfortunately we are having to pay private because the waiting list is too long otherwise and the physio said he can't waitsad

TessTing123 hope the appointment goes well. Bare in mind, if they don't want to do anything now, remember to have her reassessed in a couple of years.

To be honets, if it wasn't for the school, we probably woulnd't have got him seen by the physio.

TessTing123 Mon 18-Mar-13 09:20:00

Thank you for advice and experiences. very helpful. I shall be sure not to be fobbed off unduly.

when she was tiny a couple of HCPs mentioned her feet but it was lost in the baby fog at the time.

Hopefully it will self correct but best to know what's going on.

Ouroboros Mon 18-Mar-13 10:01:05

My DD had positional talipese when she was born which meant that her feet turned in, she saw a physio a few times and we did daily exercises with her legs and now she's fine.

Milliways Mon 18-Mar-13 21:53:44

RooneyMara - mine were surgically corrected at age 7, but I was literally falling over my feet which physically could not point straight if they were pulled, and I had been seen by an Orthopaedic consultant since I was 2. (I had bilateral femoral anteversion which meant my femurs turned inwards and got worse every year. If they did not operate my feet would have turned backwards!) If your son is not getting worse then orthotics should help him improve.

EggandSpooneyMara Thu 21-Mar-13 17:10:01

Thankyou very much Milliways smile

MinimenUK Sun 31-Mar-13 18:28:03

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MinimenUK Sun 31-Mar-13 19:20:39

I don't think it is fair to delete my message, I have actually suggested shoes with orthopedic arch support for the problem specified above

hazeyjane Sun 31-Mar-13 19:27:12

It is advertising, which breaks mn talk guidelines.

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