She walks on the inside of her feet.

Allison - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter walk on the inside of her feet. It has gotten really bad and I was wondering if there was anything we could do to help her start walking normal. We don't want her to have any problems when she gets older.

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Janine - posted on 11/20/2009

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I got mine from the physiotherapist free on the NHS if you're in the UK. Is there another health professional you can talk to for a second opinion. Not wearing shoes is not causing this, i spent most my childhood barefoot like most children and i'm just fine. I think you need to be properly diagnosed and sometimes you have to fight. I had to go several times before they'd take me seriously and then they said only if she walked that way (she always stood on the insides of her feet before she walked) would they refer her. If your daughter is already up and walking then they should see there is a problem. Do you think she could be hyper flexible? I knew my daughter was in her hands it was clear to see when she can push her fingers very far back etc. My daughter is hyper flexible (double jointed) in her ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and hands so the physiotherapist told me. I hope you get the help you need.

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Allison - posted on 11/20/2009

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She is 20 months and it doesn't look like her knees come together. When we talked to her doctor about it he said to just have her wear her shoes more often and that it should help, but it hasn't. She walks better in the shoes, but once they come off she gets bad again. She isn't wearing any special shoes, however we are interested in trying some we just don't know where to look for any.

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Is it just that she walks on the inside of her feet or does it also look like her knees come together? My son started outgrowing the bow legged look as he got older and his leg grew longer. If you think it's really bad then have her doctor watch her walk and see what he/she thinks. If the doctor doesn't think what she's doing is normal than he may recommend special shoes or leg braces. I don't know if new shoes would make a difference, but I use to buy stride rite shoes for my son because they offered the best support. You can also buy a style that provides ankle support. I know they cost more but most pediatricians will recommend them. Best wishes to you!

Christine - posted on 11/20/2009

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there was a thing on the doctors show yesterday you should try to watch it you could find it on the web but they put these things in there shoes but htey said the sooner the better

Janine - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter also does this, have you talked to your doctor about this? I was referred to a physiotherapist who said she is hyper flexible or what they used to call double jointed. Because she is so flexible it makes walking on her feet that much more difficult as most people dont have that flexibility. I was referred to the hospital and my daughter now wears some cool little ankle boots that stop her from walking on the insides of her feet and allows her muscles to develop properly so in the future she will be able to walk normally. The boots are lovely, first we had some shiney black ones and now we have some that are baby pink and lilac colour they also come in red and navy and do not look like they are from the hospital, i get comments all the time about how nice they look and are they designer lol i said yes NHS lol My daughter is 2yrs now but was fitted for her first pair as soon as she started walking properly around 14 months old. She has gotten alot better since wearing the boots, they really help. I hope i have helped :)

Amanda - posted on 11/20/2009

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Allison, how old is your daughter? Is she old enough to verbally explain the damage she could be doing to her feet and ankles, legs and hips? Or is she that cute little angel in your profile pic?

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