In most cases, your child’s out-toeing feet will correct themselves over time as the muscles grow stronger, the bones harden, and the neuromuscular control over the limbs gets better. In the meantime, we normally take a wait-and-see and careful monitoring approach.
Since special shoes, braces, physical therapy, stretching, and even chiropractic manipulations don’t seem to help when a child’s feet point out, we normally don’t attempt them. The most important thing you can do is to make sure your child has adequate nutrition and exercise to form healthy bones, tendons, and muscles.
If your child is at least ten years old and is still having significant problems that are causing pain and limiting his or her ability to participate in normal kids’ activities, we will consider surgery to correct out-toeing. An osteotomy involves cutting the bone, realigning it in the right position, and holding it in place with a plate, bars, or screws. All surgery has risks, but this may allow your child to be free of pain and able to function normally.
If you would like us to evaluate your child’s foot condition, call the foot doctors at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center at (303) 423-2520.