Valgus foot rife in children in the UAE

Dr Jörg Stöbel, a German Board-qualified Podiatrist who for two decades has been based in the UAE, estimates that as many as 60 per cent of children are suffering from the condition ‘Valgus foot’.

‘Valgus foot’ – a condition in which the foot is twisted out of its normal position or an outward turning of the heel – is reportedly much less common in Europe, with between 20 and 25 per cent of patients affected by a valgus deformity.

GPs and paediatricians are failing to diagnose the condition, Stöbel says, and there is little awareness of the condition.