A person is said to walk ‘pigeon toed’ or ‘in toed’ if they walk with one foot pointing in towards the other. Being pigeon toed can increase your risk of stumbling as the toes of one foot can knock the inside of the other leg when you walk and run.
Many people who are pigeon toed sleep on their front with their feet and legs turned in because it feels comfortable. The foot can then move in such a way to hide the appearance and to reduce the functional consequences of being pigeon toed. This compensatory movement of the foot, usually over-pronation, will cause the foot and leg to ache more often when walking, running and playing sport.
If you walk with your feet turning in, you should see our one of our podiatrists so that the underlying cause may be diagnosed. A regime of care to help alleviate the functional consequences of this condition may be implemented.