What Is the Treatment for Severe Toe-In Deformity of Feet?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Is there a treatment for moderate to severe toe-in of feet?

Doctor's response

Toe-in deformity is common in infants and young children. Children with toe-in deformity (commonly also referred to as pigeon-toe) generally outgrow the condition with time. Sometimes certain stretching exercises are recommended. The physician can evaluate the child for problems of the hip or knees, which sometimes give a toe-in appearance. With severe toe-in deformity that persists after five years of age, surgical correction is sometimes considered, but this is not common.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018