I'm tired of walking like a baby.
April 25, 2007 5:04 PM Subscribe
Can I train myself not to walk pigeon-toed?
posted by crinklebat to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I went to an orthopedist in high school for an unrelated thing, but during my appointment I asked him if there was anything I could do about my pigeon-toed gait. He said not to worry about it. However, as I get older my shoes get nicer, and it's frustrating that the way I walk causes me to scuff up the sides of my toes. Also, I occasionally trip over my feet, which is just unforgivably dorky.
I don't really want to have surgery or anything like that. What I'm wondering is if there are specific muscles I can exercise or stretches I can do to help me walk more normally. It's not comfortable for me to turn out my toes now (and never has been), so I tend to not do it unless I explicitly tell myself on every step to point out, and then it's painful at my knees. However, it seems like it has to be something you can learn to do, eg ballerinas can turn out their toes further than is comfortable for most people, I imagine. What kinds of stretches and exercise do they do to turn out their toes? Would it work for someone with pigeon toes? Have you managed to fix or at least ameliorate your weirdo gait?