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My 13 month old has been walking since 8 months. Anyway, when she walks her one foot turns in pretty obviously and even occassionally, her entire hip seems to turn inwards. As a baby, I needed a cast and braces in order to correct my feet turning in.<br><br>
Because of our health insurance (we pay almost everything) I can't afford to go to the doctor's just for them to tell me there's nothing i can do so I'm hoping for some information first. Do you know what they do, if anything, for feet turning in at a young age? When I was a child they used to do those braces and casts before the bones hardened. Do they still recommend that? I don't want to miss my window of opportunity but also don't want to do anything too drastic too quickly.<br><br>
Has anyone had any experience with this?<br><br>
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Since our upbringings, some people finally took the time to examine toddlers to see what was "normal." As someone who almost had the braces for being pidgeon toed at 4, I can only say, "thank heavens."<br><br>
Excerpt from Dr. Sears website page on walking:<br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t107100.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t107100.asp</a><br><br>
In the first two years nearly all babies toe in. This is due to two conditions:<br><br>
* The normal bowing of the legs leftover from the fetal position in the womb.<br>
* Normal flatfeet. Babies seldom develop much of an arch until the age of three years. To compensate, babies turn their feet inward while walking, in effect to make an arch and better distribute their weight.<br><br>
The normal developmental timetable for feet and legs is as follows:<br>
* Bowed legs from birth to three years<br>
* Toeing out, ballerina style, when beginning to walk<br>
* Toeing in from eighteen months to two to three years<br>
* Walking with straight feet after three years<br>
* Knock-kneed from three years to teens
 

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Not quite what you are looking for but here goes:<br><br>
Looking back I believe we went to extremes for nothing over our dd's hip at age 10 mo. (she is now 2). I took her to a routine 9 mo ped appointment and our doc rotated her hips and "felt" something odd while doing the rotation. She recommended an x-ray and a visit to an ortho specialist. I took dd to the xray (tough - she had to lay in foam cut out of a baby and not move - yeah right). The three of us (and the xray) went to the ortho specialist and he could tell immediately that there was nothing to be concerned about. There is a minor degree difference in dd's hips but nothing that even remotely warranted attention.<br><br>
That said everything was covered by our insurance so we didn't have that factor to give us pause. If I were you I might call your ped and discuss it.<br><br>
On the flip side - I read somewhere (I can't remember where??) that children don't get their "adult" walk until they are 7.<br><br>
Please keep us informed. I'm sending <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/coolshine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sunshine"> to you.
 
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