My Toddler’s Toe Curls Under

Q. My toddler has a toe that curls under and seems to be causing the toe next to it to turn sideways. She doesn’t like to wear shoes and I’m beginning to wonder if I should take her to an orthopedist or a podiatrist to have this looked at. What would you suggest?

A. The toes are almost always okay, but in rare instances do need correction of some kind. Allowing your child to go barefoot is best for their developing foot. I do recommend a very nonrestrictive shoe to protect the foot when necessary on trips away from home. It is very rare that problems with feet in young childhood have to be corrected with surgery. It would not hurt to see an orthopedist or podiatrist, that understands the feet of young children, to set your mind at ease.