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Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

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

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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?

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

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How to correct bow legged and pigeon toes?

How to correct bow legged and pigeon toes?

See below: If these condition are caught at a very early age often times bracing will take care of it.
If in later years then surgery is usually required. ...Read more

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What can I do to correct my pigeon toes and high arches?

What can I do to correct my pigeon toes and high arches?

I would start: With orthotics and see how you fair, while this will not change the structure of your feet it may help accomadate if you are experiencing pain. ...Read more

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What should I do to correct bow legged and pigeon toes : ( (?

Brace: Brace at a young age can correct, serial casting too. But at 40 years old these wouldn't help. Might want to consider orthotics made to induce out toeing gait. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it bad to be pigeon toed?

Is it bad to be pigeon toed?

When its' a problem: Occasionally the in toeing is so severe, (usually on one side) that it affects the ability to walk or play sports. Fortunately this is very rare, and requires surgical correction in childhood. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix being pigeon-toed?

What can I do to fix being pigeon-toed?

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

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Is it normal for my baby to have pigeon toes?

Is it normal for my baby to have pigeon toes?

Yes: Babies in the womb usually have their feet pointed in and they don't start to straighten them until they get older and start using their legs more. If your child is starting to walk and tripping due to their feet turning in, talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat someone who's pigeon toed?

What are ways to treat someone who's pigeon toed?

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

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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

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Why are a lot of flat footed people pigeon toed?

Why are a lot of flat footed people pigeon toed?

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

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My 2.5 daughter is starting to walk pigeon toed is this normal?

My 2.5 daughter is starting to walk pigeon toed is this normal?

Not really: Need to see a podiatrist or orthopedist to determine the level of the deformity and start treatment. ...Read more

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I am knock-kneed, pigeon toed, and flat footed. What couldi do?

I am knock-kneed, pigeon toed, and flat footed. What couldi do?

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

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What is the opposite of pigeon toe?

What is the opposite of pigeon toe?

Out-toe gait: Out-toe gait is the opposite of "pigeon toe" gait. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a reason why some people are pigeon toed?

Please let me know if there is a reason why some people are pigeon toed?

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

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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?

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

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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

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Babies in walkers causes pigeon toe?

Babies in walkers causes pigeon toe?

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

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What can I do if my child had corrective surgery and is still pigeon-toed?

What can I do if my child had corrective surgery and is still pigeon-toed?

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

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Can you tell me what the orthapedic syndrome is called when an adult is knocked kneed and pigeon toed?

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

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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

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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.

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.

Hip dysplasia: Can give pegeon toes or bowleg
the problem is when you walk the line of center of gravity crosses the wrong areas of the knee and hip joint
this predesposes to early arthritis ...Read more

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I have a femoral anteversion and minorly clubbed feet. Could that be the reason why I walk pigeon-toed?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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