Conditions

Banana Feet

Banana feet or pigeon toe

Banana feet, also known as pigeon toe or intoeing, is the name for a condition in which kids’ feet turn inwards slightly while walking. It can affect one foot or both, and is usually just a natural stage in a child’s development which eventually rights itself.

In fact, most children appear to be pigeon toed when they start walking. The condition is very common, but there are a couple of different causes. If it’s just the foot, rather than the whole shin, which turns in, curving like a banana, then the most likely cause is a condition called metatarsus adductus. Strictly speaking, this is a birth deformity, but it rarely has any serious impact on a kid’s ability to be active, and by the time children get to five or six it may no longer be noticeable.

One way to treat the condition, after consulting with your doctor, is to gently straighten and stretch the foot yourself with massage. Sometimes intoeing is the result of a bad habit rather than an actual deformity and, again, special exercises will solve the problem. Intoeing of this sort isn’t painful and it doesn’t make kids clumsy, though in more pronounced cases it can be hard to find shoes that fit properly. Insteps can help.

The second cause of intoeing is a twist in the bone between the knee and the ankle. The medical name for this is tibial torsion and it becomes apparent when your child starts taking his or her first steps. Again, it isn’t serious or painful, and as kids learn to walk the condition becomes less and less obvious. It is possible for doctors to prescribe a brace for intoeing, but generally it isn’t necessary – the bones will straighten out naturally and your child won’t be left with any lasting problems.

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hi my son is six months and he is not banana footed,... but his left foot is turned outwards and the right foot is normal, sometimes his left foot is straight and sometimes it is not especially wen he is standing and holding on.....any advice??





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when i walk one of my feet points outwards is there any thing i can do





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Apart from it looking like it points outwards, do you have any problems, such as pains in your feet, ankles or knees, or is it purely cosmetic?

Hi. I have my toes that are crooked, can they be fixed? I never wear open toe shoe, I am so,embarrassed of my feet.





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I have the exact same thing as you. You could try home remedies, but if it wasn't fixed right away you probably need surgery. Hope this helps.

Much would depend on your age. How old are you?

My son is 13 months old he has been walking with furniture since he was 6 months old. He can stand by himself for last 7 months but everytime he takes a step alone he falls due to positioning of his toes. He can climb and go down stairs no problems but cries now each time he cant walk. My gp has told me he wont refer to the hospital until my son is 18 months old as not urgent if he cant walk unaided as he can just crawl everywhere is this right? Just my little one is getting so frustrated and even started temper tantrums when sees other babies walking which is hard to deal with as nothing I can do to help him.





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My son is also 13 months and has intoe which come from a twist in the bone from the knee to the ankle. this was picked up by the pediatrician at his 6 weeks check up. He was referred to a physio who he has been seeing ever since. I was given exercises to stretch his feet and try to correct them. He took his first steps at 10months and is now walking very well albeit he does trip more than the average toddler due to his feet. I saw the physio again yesterday who said she is very happy with him and thinks the exercises have really helped him. She also said sometimes with intoe there can also be a tension in the muscles which is causing in which requires a different type of treatment. Your GP should have referred you to a physio as the normal "wont refer until 18 months for not walking" does not apply when they have intoe. I have been told that it is very common and usually corrects itself by the age of 4, but I believe if we hadn't have been doing the exercises for all these months, he may not be walking so well if at all.

my son is 12 years old and his feet have started to turn in over the last 12 months he has never had trouble with his feet before any advice please





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Hi. My name is Lola and I am 13 years old. I have a nail biting habit. It started when my 5 year old brother was born. It actually started off normally, but then it got out of hand. I barely have any nails left and now I've started biting the skin around the nails. I've tried almost everything. I've tried wrapping bandages around my nail, but they just slip off as I sweat a lot. I've also tried wearing gloves, but I just bite holes through them. This is really getting in the way of my personal and social life. I usually bite my nails whilst out shopping' watching t.v., playing on the computer and at school which is horrible. Please get in touch with me, I really need your help!





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You need some sort of goal or motivation that will make you think twice when biting them. For example ask if you don't bite them for 6 weeks get your mum to treat you and take you for a manicure or a girls day out . It also helps me if I paint them you may not have much nail to pain and may be conscious about it but it will make you think about what your doing when you bite them . Theres also another alternative which is that nail polish that tastes revolting this stopped me from biting mine .Once you get past the first week the rest just comes naturally. Hope this helps x

I have spina bifida myelomeningocele and I am embarrased about having my bare feet on show. Due to the fact that they look clubbed and my toes are not the shape they should be. They are all scrunched up and look like a claw.





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I have this condition, I was born with it, mine has been cased by our femurs, I was diagnosed when I was 8 and also found that my hamstrings are tight as well, I had many trips to a physiotherapist and was given all sorts of different exercises to do. I am now 19, at time I get a little pain in my legs and it has caused my spine to curve, nut I have finally found a insole that helps, I have orthotics from boots I have a lot more support.





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My mother might be pigeon toed but her feet bend outward.Its a habit or deformation I belive,shes 49 and im 9,worried as hell and short.





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Hi, my little girls ankles bend inwards as her mum has the same problem but her feet never got sorted and now she walks nearly in the inside of her ankles and am worried if I dont get help for my little girl her feet will end up like her mums. Please help! As they seem to b getting worse! Thanks





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You should try to tell her what shes doing and either give her punishment or straighten her feet when you see her walking like that,every time she walks correctly give her a sticker or treat.


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