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Case Study #101

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Pigeon Toed Gait Instantly Corrected with Shoe Orthotics

Doctor's Son, Pre-TX


Doctor's Son, Post-TX

Pigeon toed gait is a common orthopedic condition in infants and young children.Traditional orthopedic concepts are of the opinion to wait and see when children exhibit a pigeon-toed gait. There are several potential causes for such a dysfunction. One cause is an internal tibial torsion, which causes a twisting of the tibia (shin bone). Second cause is a hip that turns in causing the thigh bone to twist. The third potential cause occurs when the front part of the foot turns in, which can also cause pigeon toes. It is commonly believed within the medical community that most children will outgrow pigeon toes and do not need treatment.

Based on Professor Brian Rothbart's extensive research the big toe is one of the reflex centers for stimulating the cerebellum. The cerebellum receives information from the sensory systems, the spinal cord, and other parts of the brain and then regulates motor movements. The cerebellum coordinates voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and speech, resulting in smooth and balanced muscular activity.

Unfortunately traditional medicine is not in tune with structural distortions that can occur during the birthing process. Someone stated that whoever designed the birth canal never went through it. The key point to note is that structural misalignment can occur which distorts the cranial bones, spine, pelvis and legs all of which can have an impact on the gait.

I applied this knowledge to a doctor's son who was brought in for evaluation of his severe pigeon-toed gait. The pre-treatment video clearly establishes a severe pigeon-toed gait problem. Soft orthotics were then placed in the child's sneakers, which were designed to stimulate the big toes while walking. The post-treatment video exhibits a major correction in the child's gait.

As I have stated in many of my previous case studies, the core issue must be diagnosed and the appropriate treatment applied.

Dr. Gerald Smith