Guide To Recognise Baby Feet Deformation

Baby Feet

For the untrained eye, there might be signs that your child has some developmental problems, which remains unseen at an early age.

If the issues are still on going as the child grows older, it will get more difficult to treat and will affect the child’s quality of life.

So an early diagnostic through assessment is primordial.


Below are the 3 common feet deformations:



It occurs in approximately

one out of 1,000

and may pose an increased risk of developing hip dysplasia.

How to recognise it:

  • Heel deviates laterally
  • Sole deviates medially (Kidney shaped)
  • Both feet are inverted (facing each other)
  • Foot easily dorsiflexed


Out toeing

Most common neonatal foot deformity

More common in females

Easy to diagnose shortly after birth

How to recognise it:

  • Foot has up and out appearance
  • Toes can touch anterior tibia
  • Limited plantar flexion (less than 90 degrees)
  • Soles have banana shape
  • Feet are facing away from each other



It occurs in one to two per 1,000 births

How to recognise it:

  • Heel points downward while the front half of the foot turns inward
  • Soles face each other
  • Inability to dorsiflex
  • Very tight heel cord
  • Leg internal rotation

If you are worried or suspect your child might suffer from a foot deformity, you can contact one of our paediatric physiotherapists to assess him or her and to start a rehabilitation program.

If you are still not sure if your baby needs treatment, Baby Physio now offers a “ Complete Baby Check Up” where one of our specially trained chartered physiotherapist will check your baby from head to toe.

Call us now on 02071250262 or email us here for more information