Walking, limping and balancing

At the Children’s Osteopathic Centre we believe it is important to check a child who is just learning to walk. Some children experience in-toeing, knocked knees, frequent tripping and/or balance issues. When these issues are present it is important to rule out underlying physical imbalances within the pelvis, leg and foot that may be contributing to the presenting complaint.

If a child develops a limp, there are a number of conditions that an osteopath will need to rule out. Some of these conditions are minor and self-limiting; some are serious, requiring full orthopaedic review and possible surgery. A persistent limp should always be investigated. As osteopaths, we will assess the child, refer for x-rays if required, treat where applicable and if indicated, refer on to the GP and/or specialists.