The gait, which is the way we walk, starts to develop as soon as a child stands up. As they age children go through different stages of gait development, and it is a good idea for parents to monitor these patterns and take note of abnormalities. Three recognizable gait disorders in children are in-toeing, out-toeing, and toe-walking. While in-toeing, also termed pigeon toe, is typical in many children under the age of 3, it also can be caused by a condition where the front of the foot curves inward instead of remaining straight. This can result in a child falling more often than normal. Out-toeing refers to walking with the toes pointed outward instead of straight ahead. It can be the result of flat feet, lower leg misalignment, or hip joint abnormalities. Toe walking is just what it sounds like the child walks on its toes. This can produce tight or shortened calf muscles and may affect balance and cause muscle soreness. If your child displays these or other gait abnormalities, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can assess the situation and provide guidance on how to handle it.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM of Georgia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
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