As your child begins toddling, you may notice his or her feet pointing inward, toward the midline of the body. Most children begin walking with this natural “pigeon-toed” stance, called intoeing. For about 99% of children, this problem will correct itself, but when the degree of inward rotation is too high, the condition is called femoral anteversion.
Femoral Anteversion: What You Need to Know
- Femoral anteversion is very common and may affect up to 10% of all children.
- In most children, the condition clears up on its own.
- Femoral anteversion is not caused by the type of shoes you let your children wear or by learning to walk without shoes.
- If your child over age 8 exhibits severe intoeing, consult an orthopaedic surgeon about whether or not surgery is required to correct this problem.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of femoral anteversion?
Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage femoral anteversion in your child.
Our physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in pediatric orthopaedics and play a key role in providing care to our patients and families.
Meet our staff that cares for children with femoral anteversion: