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Pigeon-Toed Problems As An Adult

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Dr. Abrams, PLEASE respond to my post.
I don’t know who else to turn to.
I am a 40-year old female and have been severely pigeon-toed all my life.
My mother never noticed it until I was 13, and she then only took notice because it was brought to her attention by a friend of hers.
She never noticed much of what we did anyhow so why would walking have been anything different? I’ve been searching the Internet for articles concerning pigeon-toed feet, and they all have to do with children.
Is it too late for me? My husband swears that if I just concentrate on walking, I won’t walk pigeon-toed.
But I can’t! My feet turn inward constantly, even while I sleep, and I can’t seem to control it.
Walking outwardly almost hurts – when I attempt it it feels foreign and uncomfortable.
This problem is affecting my self-esteem and my gait – I know I lurch and plod while I walk – I have been told so repeatedly. I can’t afford to go to a doctor right now – my husband’s dental bills are costing us $12,000 and so there’s little left for anything else.
I’m just miserable and mad at my mother for not noticing something that has affected my entire life.
I told her how I felt, that people tell me I have an extremely unfeminine walk, and she said, “Well, at least you have a pretty face.” Unfortunately, looks fade but my pigeon-toed problem is still with me.
Are there any remedies for adults? Please help me.
I go through shoes like crazy as they get all worn down unevenly on one side, and I’m tired of being laughed at…
I don’t know where else to turn to.
Thank you for having such a wonderful website – you are an angel for devoting so much of your time to people who ask you for your help.

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  1. I understand your frustration and certainly can sympathize with your problem. But it is not productive or healthy to dwell or mistakes made in the past. There are several possible causes for an in-toe gait. The origin can be from the hip, femur, tibia, ankle or foot. Some causes are more difficult to treat than others. At your age, regardless of the cause treatment can be frustrating.The best thing to do is get information first. I recommend you see a podiatrist or orthopedist who will need to evaluate your gait and lower extremities. Good luck

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