My daughter has a walking issue.....

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




My sweet little girl is now 20 months old and was walking at about 17-18 months. We began to notice this weekend that when she's walking, her ankles turn out quite a bit and more pressure seems to be on the insides of her feet, making her arches extremely flat if even existent at all! She doesn't seem to be bothered by it and loves to walk now, but she falls often....making me wonder if that's linked to this weird issue! My hubby jokingly calls her "FrankenToots"! When my parents commented about this, it made me a bit nervous. They talked about the possibility of corrective shoes or even leg braces! I read a link that assured me that most toddlers begin this way and may eventually grow out of it. I'll feel better though when her pediatrician gives me a final conclusion I'm sure. In the meantime, I wondered if any one else had this issue and what you did to deal with this problem. Maybe someone knows of a link or a good store to check shoes that can help my daughter walk a little better. Thoughts?


Kathryn - posted on 09/12/2010




Hi, I spent 7 years working for a children shoe store. I can tell you that yes, it is normal but the sooner you get it corrected the quicker it will to get over it.

My suggestion is to ask you ped to refer you to a podiatrist. They will most likely perscribe you arch inserts to put in her shoes. Things that are very important to do is to...

1. Buy the correct shoe for the insert. Which is preferably a high back LACE up shoe.

2. The shoe has to be a correct fit with the insert. Sometimes with inserts shoes need to be a little bigger and a little wider.

3. She will probablly not like them. If the doctor and the person fitting the shoe did their job correctly have no worries if she seems to not want to wear them. A lot of time we would actually stick the insert under the insole of the shoe, it tends to be a lot more comfortable that way.

Corrective shoes and braces are more for children who toe in or toe out (not as common). So don't worry about it.

The best place to get a proper fitting for shoes are independent shoe stores. If you ask to talk to a owner/manager they should be able to give you all you need.

If you would like more information or more questions please let me know, I will be able to answer.


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Lisa - posted on 09/26/2010




Thinking that, in the midst of our relocation to OKC, I'll give her til her 2nd bday and talk to her new pediatrician about it during checkup. Since this posting, her walking has improved, yet her feet are still stepping in this strange way. Thanks for all the tips, moms!! :)

Samantha - posted on 09/14/2010




Alexis did not start walking until she was 18 months. She walked this way as well. Her toes would point outwards and this was only on her left foot. I started putting my foot next to her, that way she could move hers inwards. She walks straight now! =D

Tashsexy123 - posted on 09/13/2010




My son got the same thing and they say if it doesnt get any better my son would have to wear something in his shoes. My son 18 months old and not walking yet but nearly getting there

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2010




My pediatrician always said that "barefoot is best." As for the falling down, my daughter did a lot of that when she first started picking up speed. Her knees were constantly scraped and the tips of her shoes were always scuffed. I just made sure that the soles of her shoes were bendable and that she wore pants when we went outside to cushion her poor knees.

Beth - posted on 09/12/2010




you should talk to your doctor about it and ask him/her what you should do ?

Ashley - posted on 09/12/2010




My daughter was the same way. She is now 4 and grew out of it by age 2. I had lots of concern her pediatrician said it was normal some babys when they first start out walking its not always the proper way but in time they correct themselfs. Let us know how everything goes. :)

Sarah - posted on 09/11/2010




I would just say try to not jump to the worst yet. I know that is hard to do. I tend to always think the worst possible thing...maybe that helps me be ok with something that is more minor :). I know this might be different then what your daughter has, but sometimes an issue ends up correcting itself without any needed intervention and sometimes the intervention is not so bad. I babysit a little boy that when he was a newborn he was very bow-legged. His mom was very worried and thought he might need leg braces to correct the issue....the doc. said don't worry that as he grows his legs will start to straighten out. He will be 2 yrs old in Oct. and they almost like any other 2 yr old's legs. He walks fine, runs, and jumps with no problem. My sister is flat footed. When she was little her legs would hurt after walking for awhile. The only thing she needed to correct this issue was incerts that she could put into her shoes to give her feet the proper arch. The incerts are small and thin like your dr. scool's incerts you can buy at the store. Just these are more firm, plastic like and the doc. will take a cast of her foot to have the incert fit her foot properly. The one down side is that she may not be able to wear flip-flops as much as other girls.

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