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How To Correct Pigeon Toes With Exercise
No: A pigeon chest is a deformity of the sternum in teenagers called pectus carinitum or excavatum. These are usually not responsible for any symptoms but are mostly cosmetic. A barrel chest is the result of COPD or emphysema and is an over expansion of the lungs from smoking resulting in the entire rib cage billowing out ke a barrel. ...Read more
Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)
Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more
I overpronated as a child & was told to correct it by walking pigeon toed. 35 yrs later, I appear to be oversupinating. Did the "cure" create this?
Doubtful: It is probable that the growth and development of your foot resulted in a higher arched foot or a foot type that produces more supination. I highly doubt that walkling pigeon toed caused you to oversupinate. If you are having foot pain though, get an x ray of your foot and a thorough podiatric evaluation to determine if 'oversupination' is causing a problem. ...Read more
20yr female who is still pigeon toed.3 years ago I got shoe insoles to help correct but I still walk inwards. Am I at risk later, should I see new dr?
You may need surgery: At your age, special insoles (or also called, orthosis) may not correct your problem-- and, it may only manage your deformity. Correction of your "pigeon toe" may only be achieved by surgery. Thus, please consider checking out 2 or 3 reputable foot-and-ankle surgeons. ...Read more
How bad is it?: If it was going to resolve on its own it would have done so while you were growing. Now, the only thing that can be done to correct it, if it's bad enough, is surgery. Being pigeon toed is not necessarily a problem; many athletes are as well. If it really bothers you, consult an orthopaedist that specializes in deformity correction. ...Read more
It would depend on: The age of a person. If you are talking about a child, there are orthotics that can be made referred to as gait plates that can help train a child to walk differently. In adults this is much harder. There are famous people that are pigeon toed: think john elway the famous quarterback, spike lee, the famous director, keannu reeves the actor. Once an adult, likely this is the way you will walk. ...Read more
Is it true that pigeon-toed children are more likely to be good runners than children who are not pigeon-toed?
Pigeon toe: Yes. People with pigeon-toes are usually better runners since they usually have a higher arch. ...Read more
Not true at all: Pigeon toeing, or in-toe gait, is not that common and occurs in less than 10% of the population. Flat feet are much more common at roughly 50% of the population because it is an advantageous trait allowing the foot to compensate for uneven surfaces. High arches are usually rigid and lead to more instability problems. ...Read more
Not really: Need to see a podiatrist or orthopedist to determine the level of the deformity and start treatment. ...Read more
See the podiatrist: A good gait evaluation and biomechanical exam by the podiatrist can reveal whether the 3 things you notice are individually a problem or are related. Like a car, get the alignment checked so that you don't wear down the tires improperly. At 34, it's a good time for you to catch things and stay proactive in your health. You don't want this to cause degenerative changes in the future. ...Read more
Pigeon toe: This is usually due to internal tibial torsion. It is congenital in origin and 90 percent of people outgrow the deformity. If not it is usually not a problem. It may look funny with walking but usually asymtomatic. ...Read more
I'm 17 and pigeon-toed and I'm wondering are there any health risks if I live with it for the rest of my life?
Not really: You have in toeing and at 17 your muscles and bones have already developed. So other than possible tripping and passing the trait to your kids it really has no other affects. You may not be able to participate in certain activities. There are custom orthotics that can help you a lot with this problem. See a podiatrist to be evaluated. ...Read more
What would be the cause of my 2.5 yo daughter starting to walk pigeon toed? Is it something serious
Be flexible!: Most of the time the cause of this is excessive laxity of ligaments in the hips and knees and not actually a foot problem that causes the appearence of feet turning in "pigeon toed". If she sits in a "w" sit with legs back behind her, you can discourage this. Encourage lots of walking, play etc using her legs to strengthen muscles. Mention to your doc next time in to check general tone. ...Read more
Born with pigeon toe: The old walkers are not safe and not made anymore because they are not safe. Too many toddlers fell down stairs. They were not known to cause pigeon toes. There are different causes ranging from twisted ankles or feet at birth to hips that grew onward at an older age. ...Read more
Yes: You need to consult an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Of the deformity. IF significant deformity still exists on xrays and child has symptoms of tripping etc, then further surgery may be necessary. However, if the deformity is mild in nature and n symptoms are present then good sturdy shoegear with functional orthotics should suffice. ...Read more
Can you tell me what the orthapedic syndrome is called when an adult is knocked kneed and pigeon toed?
Genu Valgum: Would describe the knees and either metatarsal adductus or internal tibial torsion could explain the pigeon toes... ...Read more
I"m told not to stand or walk pigeon-toed while recovering from thr. I've been p-t since childhood, now 68. Is this really a big issue?
Talk to your surgeon: What the surgeon is concerned about is rotating the head of the new hip so that it pops out of the new socket. Discuss the problem with your surgeon. Good luck with your recovery. ...Read more
Why is being pigeon toed perfectly fine but being bow legged is bad? I'm bow legged and I've read that this can cause a lot of problems.
I have a femoral anteversion and minorly clubbed feet. Could that be the reason why I walk pigeon-toed?
Yes: Most people who are "pigeon toed" (internally rotated), comes from the position/structure of the hip. Some are due to tibial torsion. Rarely it is a problem unless you are tripping over your feet. ...Read more
I am double jointed in my ankles and pigeon-toed. What can I do to ease the chronic pain? Is there any surgery for this?
Yes: Not totally sure what you mean by double jointed. If there is excessive motion in your ankles, meaning too much flexibility, yes, there is a procedure than can repair that. Pigeon toed can normally be addressed with custom orthotics (inserts for shoes) or surgery in drastic cases that do not respond to non-surgical treatment. ...Read more
I am pigeon toed (slight), had small Achilles tendintis and I have ocassional pains in the ankle, some day have it some not, is it because m intoeing?
Possibly: A compensation for in-toeing is excessive pronation which can lead to many symptoms and even eventual deformity. See podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more
My 4yrold has femoral ante version. Had months of bootsnbar, dr said tibia is now straight but she's still quite pigeon toed- how if tibia is normal?
It's normal: Femoral anteversion and internal tibial torsion are normal variants that almost always go away without any treatment. I have never treated any of my patients with corrective shoes, bars, pt or other similar treatments. The work of lynn staheli (http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=kzyikwwjn8e) has demonstrated that it doesn't help. If you feel uncomfortable, get a second opinion. ...Read more