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We are just beginning to really notice this with our 12 mo ds....he cruises and can stand for a bit and has taken a couple of steps at a time on his own.

BUT, we notice that his right foot is usually turned way outward, while his left points straight ahead. When he walks with us holding his hands it looks like that leg swings around, rather than him lifting his foot from the knee.

I suppose I need to make an appt with his ped? I've googled it and read a little about out-toeing and most of what i read says it will correct itself. I don't want to ignore something more important though....Has anyone else had this issue?
 

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Our son toes in. We went to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who told us that unless it causes him problems running or walking, they won't treat it.

Since your little one is just walking, I would keep an eye on it for the next 3-4 months - if he is still swinging one leg out, I would ask for a referral to a specialist.
 

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Definitely have it checked out. Could be nothing but it could be what I had. No one noticed until I was a teenager but my right tibia (the bone in my lower leg) was twisted so my foot pointed sideways. I had surgery to correct it when I was 16 but I have heard that if it is caught early it can be fixed without surgery.
 

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It could resolve on it's own (and it's obviously nothing to get too worried about since he's okay otherwise), but you might want to get it checked in order to head off any future problems.

In some states the early intervention program is mostly interested in developmental delays, but in others (like NY, http://www.nyhealth.gov/community/in...tion/index.htm) the program also covers physical challenges. The program is free and they will come to your home to evaluate your little one. My neice received services from EI to correct a muscle imbalance (her left side was doing most of the work...not really noticable to strangers, but my SIL worried about it) and the daughter of one of my co-workers just started treatment with EI since one of her knees is turned out at an odd angle. She can run and walk okay, but they were told that if it wasn't corrected through physical therapy she could need surgery later.

Anyway, it's free and it can either let you know that your little one's out-toeing is totally fine and will resolve on it's own, or they can arrange for free PT to help him correct the out-toeing.

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Thank you all for your responses!
I'll look into EI but I think here in Oregon its for developmental issues....
 
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