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Gait Problems in ChildrenThe San Francisco Bay is famous for the Golden Gate: its deep and powerful currents, its rugged surrounding terrain, and of course, the world’s most famous bridge rising from the fog. It’s an awe-inspiring view, and perhaps the defining symbol of San Francisco (if not California) for almost 80 years. There’s another type of gait that sometimes defines you—like being pigeon toed or knock-kneed. These gait problems can be a source of real concern to parents.

If you’re a new parent, you may have spent a lot of time thinking about the way your toddler ambles about. Learning to walk is a slow process that requires a lot of practice and patience, and kids usually don’t get it quite right the first time. A mild rotation in the upper or lower leg (femoral or tibial torsion) often cause toes to point at an angle, either inward (in-toeing) or outward (out-toeing). Other conditions common in toddlers that can affect walking gait include flat feet, bow legs, knock knees, and walking on toes.

It’s still unclear why some children develop these gait problems and others don’t—heredity or fetal position in the womb may be partly responsible—but the good news is that these conditions rarely require medical treatment. In most cases your child will not experience any pain, will still be able to engage in normal activities, and will grow out of the abnormality by age 4 or 5 as they learn to control their muscles. You will have to keep a close eye on your child. Taking occasional pictures or video of your child walking can help you find out whether the rotation is getting better, staying the same, or worsening over time.

Again, these gait problems are usually nothing to worry about. However, if you do notice that the abnormality is getting worse rather than better, it affects one leg more than the other, your child is experiencing pain, or you haven’t noticed any improvement after your child has been walking for a couple of years, give Foot Doctor of the East Bay a call at (510) 483-3390. Our experts will carefully evaluate your little one’s condition to determine whether a more serious issue requiring treatment is present, or whether your child only needs a little more time and practice to develop that “golden gait.” Visit us in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.



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