I'm really worried about the way my 2 1/2 year old walks

Tammy - posted on 03/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old son walks with his feet and lower legs turned in, he's not tripping over them anymore and I had mentioned this to our doctor and he wasn't concerned and said it will probably correct itself. That was 6 months ago and I'm really worried that he could have another condition possibly cerebral palsy as I was reading about it. The only symptoms he has is his walking and he also has stabismus which many kids with cerebral palsy have but stabismus is very common in kids and it does run in our family. He can stand with his feet straight although not all the time, he is also very active, he has hit all his developmental milestones on time, he can talk very well and doesn't seem mentally challenged in any way. For the most part he is a very normal child. His preschool teachers had noticed that when he walks up the stairs his legs look like they twist and that he also falls a lot, he doesn't fall much here at home. My husband walked with his feet turned in as a child and they still turn in a little and his mother has feet that are severely turned in as well. My son can climb, run and do everything like a normal child but I was wondering if there could possibly be something else wrong with him. He was a big baby weighing 10 lbs 11 oz at birth and I'm very small so I'm wondering if maybe it could also be because he was so cramped in the womb and maybe that has something to do with it. Does anyone else have a child where their feet seem to be severely turned in? I am very concerned.

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Tammy - posted on 03/13/2012

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I'm not too worried about the cerebral palsy, I've been doing a lot of reading about it and he doesn't have any other symptoms of it other than just is strabismus but strabismus is so common in many children and I do know a few other kids who have it. He's also not mentally challenged which often goes along with cerebral palsy and no weak muscles, he can do everything any other 2 year old can do but it's still in the back of my mind as a possibility. The last few days his right foot seems to have gotten better or his left has gotten worse. His right one looks almost straight now a lot of the time which is probably why his left looks like it has gotten worse. He goes to the doctor again next month so I'm going to mention this all to the doctor. My daughter who is 9 has a couple friends who walk with their feet turned in as well so I do know it's normal but it worries me because it is so noticeable and I worry about teasing as he gets older.

Amanda - posted on 03/11/2012

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Make another appointment with his pediatrician to evaluate his walking and gate. Explain all of the issues with your husbands family, as far as feet turning in. Insist on a referral to an orthopedic doctor. If nothing else this will set your mind at ease. If your little boy is hitting all his milestones and doing as great as you say, you shouldn't worry yourself about cerebral palsy or anything along that line. My feet turned in as a child. I had to wear special shoes, but only at night while I slept, and my legs turned out fine. If there is a problem the ortho doc will catch it, if there isn't, then you will be reassured and will be able to stop worrying.

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