In-toeing

What is it?

This is a common normal presentation. Children may have intoeing either in one or both legs. It is more noticeable between four and seven years. This will be corrected naturally when a child grows older. This may take up to 11 years. Physiotherapy will not help or speed up the natural correction.

Intoeing related tripping is common and physiotherapy treatment will not prevent it.

‘W’ sitting (bottom between your heels) can make intoeing worse, and should be avoided, using cross legged sitting instead.

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Page last reviewed: 31 August, 2021