our dr wants to send our 6month old daughter to an orthopedic. he says her feet are turned inward. anyone else ever have this happen?

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Toni - posted on 07/28/2011

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my 11 month old daughter is going to be seen at the shriners hospital because when she walks, both her feet turn inward and she seems to drag them behind her... im really concerned about this.

Linda - posted on 02/12/2009

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Yes, I was told only after I had allowed drs. to put braces on my son and have him in "corrective " shoes including having him wear them on opposing feet, that all the fuss is to help the Mom feel better and that it does nothing for the child's feet.  We even had him walk heel to heel for several minutes each day!  As an adult, he does toe in a bit but nothing noticeabe and he doesn't feel insecure about it.    

Krista - posted on 02/12/2009

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We didn't go to an orthopaedic but have a friend who is a child physical therapist look at Lauren's legs (I feel terrible, I can't even remember why it was, she was under 6 mos old). Our Peditrician just kept an eye on her and all was fine was she started walking more everything straightened out.

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yes, my son is 3 and i have said to his doctors that i think there is something wrong with his legs b/c one foot goes inward worse than the other and they just blew it off until his recent doctor had him walk for him and he now is going to have to go to an orthopedic. i think that it is great that they are going to send her now the sooner the better.

Allison - posted on 02/11/2009

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My line of work is with ortho-issues. It could be a variety of things, but the precaution is a great sign, even if everything is fine. The MD is looking at EVERTYHING! From the hips to the ankles, it is best to get it checked out. We recently initiated everything with my youngest because he appears flat-footed with some inwardness on one foot. Keep me posted!



 

Mary - posted on 02/11/2009

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My daughter had a hip problem. The Ortho put her in a harness but I did refexology and massage daily. She was out of the harness 5 times faster than they thought. Go to the ortho see what they say and get a book on reflexology and infant massage.

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I was diagnosed with that when I was in kindergarter, my mom called it 'pidgeon toe'. I had to wear special boots, which I conveniently lost because they were so ugly. I only wore them a couple weeks, and the only problem I ever had with my feet while growing up was that I was flat-footed, still am. My friend's baby was diagnosed very early, and all she had to do was exercises where she turned his feet/legs inward everyday, and he is fine now. Good luck!!

Jenn - posted on 02/11/2009

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It doesn't hurt to see a specialist, they don't do anything invasive, most likely they will want to see you back when she is a little older to see if it corrected itself, that is what happened with my son at least. Otherwise, she may have to wear special shoes, I wouldn't worry too much about it, be thankful for having a proactive doctor!

Lynn Ann - posted on 02/11/2009

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I am now 46 and when I was a baby I had the same problem with feet turned in . My parents took me to an orthapedic and he put me in special shoes with a bar for 3 months and special shoes without bar for 3 more months .I  as an adult  woman feel very blessed that my parent 's listened and did  what needed to be done ,otherwise would of been bowl legged and walked funny and been ridiculed my entire life . Don't be afraid to listen to the drs. 6 months is nothing compared to a lifetime of special needs.

Susan - posted on 02/11/2009

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From reading the posts, this is a fairly common problem.  My legs were turned in as a child and I wore special shoes a braces, at night, for years.  None of that helped.  So when I saw that my daughter's feet appeared to turn in, I started pressing the pediatrician.  The first doctor blew me off.  She also blew me off when I was concerned that my daughter had environmental allergies, before the age of 2.  We changed doctors and to appease a worried mother, the doctor allowed testing and we found that she was allergic to dustmites and grasses (before the age 2).  So then he agreed to have us take her to an orthopedist and that doctor did find that she was slight turned in, but since she was already walking, the best couse of action was to see if she outgrows it.  That doctor said that all of us are turned in at birth, to a certain extent, due to the poisition of the fetus in the womb.  After we are born, our bodies basically unwind from that poisition and for some that can tacke up to 8 years.  That suprised me, but now that my daughter is 5 she barely toes in at all.



I agree with the others, take your daughter to the doctor and get her check out.  It's bet to take care of things before she starts walking and there are so many treatments, that you may have more choices that work better for your family, than you would have if you wait.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/11/2009

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We just took my 11 month old son (actually yesterday).  The dr. said it was because he's use to the womb and the way his feet were turned.  My son's wasn't bad enough to do anything about, he said they would just correct themselves around 14-18 months old.  And if not we have to go back.



 



I remember my brother having a brace for his feet, dr said it's not very common anymore b/c they realized it usually corrects itself.

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009

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I just took my one year old to an ortho doc two weeks ago. Same kind of thing, her feet were turned in and she was struggling to balance when she stood. My pediatrician kind of blew me off but got me the appt. anyway to ease my mind. They x-rayed her hips to rule out hip dysplasia (which didn't show up in the x-ray,) and told me that most of the time this problem will correct itself my age two and with some children by age four. He did note that her feet were curved inward, but said with girls that's not that uncommon as they are just more flexible and this too should correct itself. inward toeing is actually pretty common and it's very rare that a child will need braces.  Anyway, certainly doesn't hurt to be checked out.

Lauren - posted on 02/11/2009

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At least your doctor is proactive about it- my 4 month old's left foot is curved and her right isn't and every time I bring it up with her pediatrician she blows me off.  If she wasn't the only one in the area who took Cadi's insurance, I would so switch!

Michele - posted on 02/11/2009

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My 15 month old daughter had a mild case of hip displasia (don't know if I spelt that right) and she walks with her feet turned in. The orthopedic said that it's coming from her hips and with time it will correct itself. It's very slight so he doesn't want to do any treatment. I hope this helps you.

Joie - posted on 02/11/2009

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Actually, that happened to me as a baby! I had special little shoes and little braces on my legs. My feet r fine now! Don't know how 'helpful' that really was, but I know it does happen!

Gwyn - posted on 02/11/2009

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I agree with Kerrianne. I had that when I was little and I can remember wearing braces on my legs for a couple of years. It is worth doing now when she is young and yes when her bones are softer and easier to correct. There are many different causes for this that there are too many to list.

Keely - posted on 02/11/2009

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my oldest was born with slightly turned feet which were picked up at birth. she seen a pediatric physio for about 7 months and now her feet are fine. the sooner its picked up the better. they will guide you on how to correct the problem. good luck

Kerrianne - posted on 02/11/2009

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I was born with both my feet turned inward and I walk on the outsides of my feet.  Take your doc's advice.  My mum's doctor talk her my feet would correct themselves and even though they have corrected themselves a little - I still have trouble walking properly and my feet hurt all the time.  I can't wear just any shoe and my shoes wear out fast because I walk on the outside of them. 

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2009

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I haven't had it happen but being an orthopaedic nurse I agree with your doc. Its better to be corrected young while her bones are a bit softer and before she attempts walking.. Best of luck with it all :)

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