"Duck Feet" or Out-Toeing occurs when your feet or turned excessively outward. This results in the collapse of your arches when walking (also known as "flat feet" or excessive pronation). When the foot collapses, the legs are unable to recruit the appropriate muscles to help your walk, leading to increased dependence on the joints and ligaments.
Issues that can result from "Duck Feet":
Feet: plantar fasciitis, bunions, decreased shock absorption, decreased ankle stability, increased tension on joints and ligaments.
Knees: knee pain from increased stress on the MCL and ACL, decreased joint stability.
Hips and Back: hip and back pain from difficulty turning on gluteal muscles, shortened piriformis muscles (the one in the middle of your buttocks that is commonly sore), and positional changes to pelvis and spine causing stress at these joints and muscles (possibly leading to scoliosis).
From an athletic performance standpoint, it decreases your ability to push-off your foot with power. (Think about a car with flat ties and it's wheels point outward. Would that drive very well?)
Think you might have "Duck Feet"? Concerned about what to do? We would be happy to arrange a FREE phone call with a Physical Therapist to provide you information to help you make a decision. Just click HERE to request a phone call.
Info to help you move better, feel better, get back to the gymnastics and other sports you love...
Dr. Christine Walker
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