Should I worry if my child’s feet point out?

Worry is not something we encourage, but knowledge, understanding and watchfulness are. Know this: depending on the age of your child, it can be completely normal that his or her feet point out.

Understand that most toddlers begin walking with some degree of in-toeing or out-toeing. Because baby and toddler bones are still soft, this does not cause pain, and as they develop stronger legs, it usually corrects itself.

What you need to watch for is extreme outward turning of the foot, especially if one foot is more affected than the other. Also look for limping, signs that your child is in pain, other delays in their development (such as talking), or a condition that isn’t improving or gets worse.

That’s when you will want to consult a foot specialist like our expert podiatry team at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center. Simply dial (303) 423-2520 to set up an appointment at our Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO, office. We will examine your little one’s feet and either tell you they are completely normal or find the best treatment to improve them, including surgery later if it is needed. In the meantime—don’t worry!