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Do you stumble when you walk and have a tendency to trip over your own feet? If so, take a look down at your feet the next time you take a stroll. Are they turned inward? If so, you are ‘pigeon toed‘.
Pigeon toed (intoeing) is a condition in which your toes point inward when you walk. Healthcare practitioners are aware of three underlying structural conditions that can result in a pigeon toed gait:
1. An internal twist of the femur (thigh bone).
2. An internal twist of the tibia (shin bone).
3. An inward deviation of the metatarsals (bones behind the toes in the foot).
This is what they do to remedy the situation:
If your pidgeon toed gait is determined to be an internal twist of your femur, it will be surgically cut in half, rotated outwardly and fixed with surgical screws, in order to rotate your foot outward.
If your pidgeon toeing is determined to be an internal twist in your tibia, it will be surgically cut in half, rotated outwardly and fixed with surgical screws in order to rotate your foot outward.
If the problem is determined to be an inward deviation of your metatarsal bones, while you are an infant you could be put in a cast to rotate your still-developing metatarsal bones outward.
But all these interventions have a high failure rate because an internal twist in the femur or tibia or an inward deviation of the metatarsals are relatively uncommon, so often the surgeon is treating the wrong problem. And the result is that either the foot slowly begins to again point inwardly or the ankle weakness becomes more pronounced and collapses, resulting in poor posture and muscle and joint pain.
Why You Are Pigeon Toed
In 1970, I authored a paper on the results of my research on the pigeon toed gait. This paper earned me the Stickel Award for outstanding research, granted by the American College of Foot And Ankle Surgeons.
In my clinical experience, I’ve personally seen less than twenty patients who are pigeon toed due to an inward twist of the femur or tibia or an inward deviation of the metatarsals, and hundreds (if not thousands) of patients who are pigeon toed due to having an abnormal foot structure.
I’ve found that a pidgeon toed gait/intoeing is commonly a compensatory pattern due to an underlying inherited structural weakness in the feet, caused by either a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
If you were born with either of these inherited abnormal foot structures, your arches are weak and will collapse, which causes your feet and legs to tire out and cramp. So you’re more comfortable when you point your toes inward, because doing so prevents your weak arches from rolling inward and downward as you walk.
As a child you may have subconsciously discovered this ‘trick’ of keeping your toes pointing inward to maintain a reasonable level of comfort, But if your parents instructed you to walk with your feet pointed straight forward, you arches indeed would have collapsed. And if your family doctor forced your feet to turn outward, it would only produce the same cramping and leg fatigue that you were attempting to avoid.
If you have either a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity and as a child were prone to intoeing, you may have compensated by learning to use your foot and leg muscles to hold the position of your arches in activities such as dancing ballet. You may have worn high top shoes or shoes with arch supports, which kept your feet from collapsing. Or you may have followed your parent’s admonition to stand up straight and keep your feet pointed forward, which means that you probably walked on the outside of your feet to keep your arches from collapsing and became bow legged.
What can you do now, as an adult, if you would like to correct your intoeing? Certainly don’t let anyone convince you that you need to have your femur or tibia cut in half! A better solution is to read this website and learn about a non invasive therapy – Rothbart Propriocpeptive Therapy – that will effectively treat your abnormal foot structure and correct your pigeon toes.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain. Reading the information on this site will help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT