Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Tibial Torsion in Children

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How is tibial torsion treated?

Specific treatment for tibial torsion will be determined by your child's physician based on

•   your child's age, overall health, and medical history
•   the extent of the condition
•   your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
•   expectations for the course of the condition
•   your opinion or preference.

The twisting of the shin bones usually improves with time. As the child grows, walking will become more normal, usually around 5 to 8 years of age.

Occasionally, braces or special shoes are prescribed by the physician.

Tibial torsion has a very good prognosis. Many cases correct themselves as the child grows. On rare occasions, tibial torsion can be severe and surgery may be required to straighten the shin bones.

It is important to know that tibial torsion does not lead to arthritis or any other future health problems.

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