A baby who just started walking and is walking ‘funny’ is not a cause for concern. Learning how to walk is a step in the muscular developmental process. Therefore, it makes sense that a baby’s first attempts at walking are not symmetrical. For the first year, it is normal for the baby to walk with a waddle or with their feet facing outwards or inwards. Babies also fall a lot and they may drag one of their legs. Parents may later notice other habits, such as flat feet, or a foot turned inwards. This is indicative of their individual tissue development. Tissue development and weight influence the fact that the feet are flat on the ground, a condition called Pes Plano Valgus. This is a normal condition for the first few years of the child’s life, as the arch only appears at age 5 or 6. If your child has this condition, we recommend they wear soft and flexible shoes.
In-Toeing and Out-Toeing
If your child’s feet face inwards (in-toeing) or outwards (out-toeing) while walking, this is mostly likely a result of your child’s position while they were in utero. This condition should pass around the age of ten, as your child develops. We do recommend that your child see a pediatric orthopedist. Most children only require monitoring, and not treatment.