Jaxson Goes to the Podiatrist

Jaxson had his appointment with the podiatrist this afternoon about him walking on the inside of his left foot. We’ve been concerned about it since he first started walking, as it was originally happening with both feet. Our pediatrician said this is common when babies first start walking, but as he’s gotten older and the right one now “behaves”, we wanted to get the left one checked out to just make sure nothing major was going on. Jax has been tripping a lot lately, so if this foot situation is to blame we definitely want to get it fixed sooner than later, especially while he’s young and (mostly) compliant!

J said Jaxson did really great for the x-ray and he even got some fun stickers for being such a great patient! The doctor had him do some walking, standing, etc. to check him out and said that he was flat-footed, but flexible, which is not as bad. He could tell the right foot also used to do this, and he thinks the left one is just a little slower to catch up and straighten out. He said that when Jax trips it is because his right foot is going straight and the left one is turned in and getting in the way. He also said he needs more flexible shoes as the Stride-Rites he just got for Christmas are too rigid. For now, we were told to just monitor him and see if he’s doing anything out of the ordinary (like sleeping on that foot weird) and if he’s still having trouble in a year, then we go back to the doctor to see what our next steps are, but overall the doctor just thinks he’s still growing and it’ll work itself out in time.

I was sure it wasn’t anything too major, but it’s still a big relief to have had it checked out by the specialist and it’s nothing to be too worried about. Yay for peace of mind!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. goodfamiliesdo
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 15:19:07

    My son walks with very pronated feet and it started when he was pulling to stand. We finally got set up with early intervention and physical therapy. He now has orthotics and they are helping him to use his feet properly. I wonder how the opinions of these different professions differ for your son.


    • B
      Feb 17, 2015 @ 15:28:26

      Interesting! I think because he has a lot of flexibility in his feet that the doctor is thinking it will resolve on its own like the right foot did. I’m sure if both were still doing it then we would have had a different outcome. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it though because if he does need orthotics we definitely want to do it as early as possible.


      • goodfamiliesdo
        Feb 17, 2015 @ 15:33:01

        Could be worth a second opinion now rather than later! Flexibility could be low muscle tone or hypermobility which are unlikely to just go away on their own. Not walking properly can cause changes in the rest of his musculature like ankles, knees, hips, posture, etc.

  2. Molly
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 16:42:53

    Stride Rite shoes seriously brings back some memories from my own childhood!


  3. slogan13
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 11:32:47

    A child I used to nanny had that, the parents doctor had him wear his shoes on the opposite feet to correct the situation, and they were striderites!


  4. TheChroniclesofaNonBellyMama
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:48:04

    My niece has flat feet and shoes on the opposite feet work really well. She also eventually needed molds for the inside of her shoes that were specially fitted to her feet and incrementally changed the amount of arch. She was getting a lot of foot pain when she got old, that would wake her up in her sleep and she would just start crying. But her dr said the same thing..it usually corrects itself…


    • B
      Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:57:16

      How funny that that works. We are hoping he won’t need to have anything special and it will correct itself. The dr. seemed pretty confident it would since the right foot already corrected itself. Guess we’ll find out!


  5. jamameri
    Feb 23, 2015 @ 01:53:37

    Better safe than sorry I say…it’ll work out


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