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It's hard to say. Many kids are pigeon-toed – or, as doctors say, have some degree of intoeing. Many track and field stars are pigeon-toed too, and some sports experts say these runners are faster because of the way their feet strike the track.
When you run, the outside of your foot hits the ground first, then rolls inward before propelling you forward again. People who are pigeon-toed tend to have less of this roll, so they may be able to spring forward more quickly.
Of course, that doesn't mean every child who is pigeon-toed grows up to be a track star.
"Intoeing won't necessarily make a child a faster runner, but we know that it won't hurt her athletic ability, either," says Thomas Jinguji, a pediatrician and sports medicine physician at Seattle Children's Hospital.
In most cases, being pigeon-toed is usually mild and something a child outgrows without fanfare. If the intoeing is mild enough, your child can live with it just fine. If your baby's intoeing continues past 6 months, check with her doctor to see if she needs a referral to an orthopedist.
If your child needs treatment, steer clear of corrective braces and shoes, shoe inserts, twister cables, exercises, or back manipulations – they may do more harm than good. If your child's intoeing is severe and continues until she's 9 or 10, surgery may be necessary.
Read more about turned-in toes.