Femoral anteversion and torsion
When intoeing starts in early childhood, it is most frequently due to medial femoral torsion.
Femoral anteversion is due to a twist in the femur close to the hip joint.  It is less noticeable at a young age and usually comes to the parents attention around 4 to 6 years of age.  The child will stand with knees and toes pointing inward.  This too corrects on its own. Children with femoral anteversion tend to sit in the W position - with their knees bent and the feet to the side.  Since this position reinforces the femoral anteversion it should be discouraged.

Femoral torsion :
  • Is twice as common in girls than boys
  • Almost always affects both legs equally
  • Is believed to be inherited, to some degree
  • Sometimes causes an abnormal gait and difficulty running
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