Intoeing typically doesn’t cause physical discomfort or lead to arthritis. Children below the age of eight with intoeing usually experience no discomfort. However, if a child exhibits pain, swelling, or limping along with intoeing, it’s advisable to consult an orthopaedic surgeon for further evaluation.
Most children with intoeing do not require specific treatment, as the condition often corrects itself naturally by the time they reach eight years old. In the past, treatments like braces or shoe inserts were prescribed, but they often didn’t yield significant results. It’s essential not to purchase products claiming to treat pigeon-toed conditions without a doctor’s recommendation, as they may hinder normal physical activities and may not be effective. Generally speaking, the legs will gradually realign on their own over time.
Surgery for intoeing is typically considered when a child is at least 9-10 years old and exhibits severe walking abnormalities that could lead to tripping or an abnormal gait. Surgical options will be discussed during a consultation, taking into account the child’s scans and comprehensive medical history. Surgery is not commonly recommended for intoeing and is reserved for cases with significant functional issues.