A New York Podiatrist Explains How Custom Orthotics Can Help if You Walk With a Waddle

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 16, 2014 3:00:00 PM

penguin waddleHas anyone ever made fun of the way you walk? Some people walk with their feet slighting turned in and our called pigeon toed or known in the podiatry world as intoed. Some people walk with their feet slightly turned out, called out-toed, and are made fun of because sometimes it looks like they have a slight waddle – similar to Donald Duck, like this article discusses. It just put a smile on our face.




Posted by: Dr. Andrew Schneider, Tanglewood Foot Specialists

Do You and Donald Duck Have More in Common Than You’d Like?

Today  is Donald Duck’s birthday and while you may want to raise a glass to the lovable Disney character, chances are you don’t want your gait to mimic his distinctive waddle.

If you have been told that you walk like a duck, it most likely means that you are out-toed (your toes turn out when you stride.) This condition, more common in children but sometimes continued into adulthood, can be the result of foot, hip or leg problems or can be a side effect of arthritis or obesity.

While duck-walking in itself isn’t a particularly serious medical problem, it can lead to heel pain; bunions and tailor’s bunions (bunions that form beneath your pinky toe instead of the big toe, their usual location); neuromashammertoes; arthritis; and hallux limitus (reduced movement of the big-toe joint).

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In order to treat foot problems like those mentioned above that are caused by out-toeing, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare recommends starting with custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that slip into your shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, like duck-waddling a.k.a out-toeing. They can also help treat other issues caused by the feet not bearing weight properly, such as:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Bone, Tendon or Soft Tissue Problems

Custom orthotics are better than over-the-counter orthotics because they are designed to fit your specific foot structure. Over-the-counter orthotics are mass-marketed and made to fit a general foot structure, so they will not normally correct foot problems.

If you have an irregular walking pattern, or other issues that cause you foot pain, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare would be happy to sit down and discuss treatment options with you and the possibility of getting fitted for custom orthotics. Contact us today! We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.


Topics: foot problems, Custom Orthotics