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Is It Bad To Be 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it true that pigeon-toed children are more likely to be good runners than children who are not pigeon-toed?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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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