Are your baby's feet turned out?

Meagan - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 11 month old has always had feet that don't stick straight out. When he was younger I was worried and asked the doctor and he didn't seem too worried about it, but now it's interfering with him walking. They'll either both turn to the right or sometimes it is just one. He goes back for his one year appointment May 19th but I was curious if anyone else does that to know if I shouldn't worry or if I really need to get the doctor to try and figure out what's wrong.

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Samantha - posted on 12/18/2012

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My daughter has the same thing. It is called Metatarsus Adductus. It was when she or he was in your belly your baby didn't have enough room to grow inside. He or she will need to have a fitting for shoes,they will give your baby inserts to help your babies feet go the way they are suppose too. You will need to have HIGH TOP LACE UP SHOES. I got yelled at cause I didn't know I need them kind of shoes. My daughter has to wear them from the time she waked up to the time she goes to bed.And wear them for 10 years.

Amanda - posted on 05/31/2012

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They did help (just one of her feet turned out, her right)! Now she is 3 and everything is fine. Our 9 month old is the same and about to walk...we'll get the same shoes for him and hopefully his feet will turn back in too.

Linda - posted on 11/20/2012

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I have also googled about my Granddaughters feet that turn outwards, she was born 5 weeks ealy in breach position, and has had a scan on her hips, Dr did the same excercises on my Granddaughter's hips etc, and he didnt seem concerned. He said that her legs and feet were normal. When she lies on her back her legs just drop to the sides (like a frog) it doesn't seem to bother her, bless her heart, but it does worry me as I worry that she will walk with her feet pointing outwards, like a clock at the ten to two position. Perhaps I am being an over protective Nannie? x

Nikki - posted on 05/02/2010

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Im glad to read this! My daughters feet do this same thing... one turns out a bit and almost seems to roll inward a little. I was going to mention it at her 1 yr check up. It doesn't seem to interfere with her walking as far as I know - mind you maybe she would be sturdier on her feet if they didn't do this? Who knows. But I'll be anxious to see what your doc says as well.

Bridget - posted on 02/11/2013

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My 11 month old sons feet both point out always have an his fathers feet are the same always have been I'm not so sure his will ever straighten :(

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Vandana - posted on 06/06/2014

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my son is 9 years old .he also has the same problem .what shall i do ? can you suggest me ? i am very disheartened.

Krissy - posted on 11/14/2013

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I was born with this. I had to wear the special shoes that were connected with a metal bar to make my legs go straight. For me, both my legs were turned to one side. I don't remember it at all except to look at pictures. Mom said I wasn't crazy about wearing the shoes but at least it wasn't a scaring experience. I'm 33 years old now and have had no leg/foot problems. I didn't have to wear the high-tops that some of you are talking about, just the special shows, but I'm sure each case is a little different. Couldn't hurt I suppose.

Tayyab - posted on 10/23/2012

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my baby girl born before 15 days and her foot is turn in now i m looking for salution how it can b normal and why is this happen plz tell

Stephanie - posted on 05/31/2012

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Thanks, Amanda. Did the shoes seem to help with the feet/walking with your daughter? Did her feet point outwards as well?

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2012

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@Stephanie, we got Stride Rite early walkers (I think they are step 2). They were kind of a summer tennis shoe, super soft and comfy. Our daughter was breech too.

Stephanie - posted on 05/30/2012

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The lady who posted a reply about a good pair of shoes has helped her child's feet and walking, could you tell me what type of shoes you bought? Thanks! My son's feet turn outward as well. He is 11 months old and still can't walk (yes, I know the average age is 13 months.) We are worried that the position of the feet will make it difficult for him. He was a breech baby and his hips have been checked.

Amber - posted on 08/04/2010

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Hello ladies, my daughter's feet turn out as well to the point that when she is on her tummy they lay flat like a mermaid. She is soon to be 8 months and I bought it to her Dr. attenention he rotated her hips, bent her at the knees and used his hands to turn them forward. She did not seem to be in any pain or discomfort so he also said it was no big deal and they would turn in time but he will def monitor them. She still isn't crawling although she tries all the time. I wonder if the placement of her feet has anything to do with it. She has an appointment next week I'll bring it up to him again.

Meagan - posted on 05/13/2010

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I talked to the doctor. He said that since he isn't walking all the time yet, he's fine, but if he continues turning his feet a few months after he starts walking permanently, then he'll probably have to see a pediatrist.

Amanda - posted on 05/05/2010

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My daughter has one foot that does the same thing. I was a little worried, but I was going to wait until her one year apt to ask the doctor. We got her a good pair of shoes 3 weeks ago and the turn is almost gone.

Meagan - posted on 05/01/2010

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Wow. I'm surprised that it came up on a google search. Thank you for responding. I should put him in shoes more but it is usually a rare occasion that he does and when he does wear them, I usually take them off as soon as we get back or inside. Usually the shoes just trip him anyway. Thanks for the info. I'll repost after his appointment in a couple weeks and see what he says. It wasn't a big concern the first time I asked because it was one of his first appointments and everything was still so new it didn't really call for concern.

Andrea - posted on 05/01/2010

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Hi! This is my first time on this site. Your question came up in my Google search. My Son just had his 9 month checkup and the Dr.'s only concern was about his feet and that they turn out, one more than the other. She checked hips, knees and ankles and decided that they were turning just at the ankle. I can turn it for him when he is standing (only standing so far, not quite ready to let go and take a step!) but he immediately turns it or them back. The Dr. felt he turned them because he was more comfortable and not because he couldn't make them go straight. Oddly, the Dr recommended I keep well fitting shoes on my son for the majority of the day. (Everything I keep reading says to let them be barefoot to help strengthen the arch, ankle and leg muscles and to allow them to feel the floor beneath their feet).
The Dr was not very concerned though and seemed to feel they would straighten on their own in time but did not want it to turn into a situation where it did interfere when he begins walking.
I am a bit worried though as the shoes seem to make no difference, the feet still turn out. I hate to wait three more months if it is an issue. It would be great if you'd post after the one year appt. with an update!!

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