The symptoms of tibial torsion may include:
The bowed leg stance actually helps the child stay balanced as he or she stands. Balance is not as steady when the child tries to stand and walk with the feet close together or with the feet turned out. He or she may trip and fall.
Your child’s healthcare provider can diagnose tibial torsion with a physical exam. During the exam, he or she may ask about your child’s birth and health history and if other family members have the condition. Your child probably will not need X-rays.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
This condition often gets better with time. As the child grows, walking will become more normal, usually around 5 to 8 years of age. If the case is severe, treatment may help straighten the shinbones. Treatment may include:
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