Gait assessment in children

Used to assess Children with conditions affecting their ability to walk.

Commonly used us sports biomechanics, to help junior athletes improve their running efficiency and identify movement issues with recovering.

About gait in children

Our consultants will discuss the way your child walks with you and will recommend a course of treatment. They'll ask for a detailed account of your child's birth and developmental history, when they started walking and family history.

Our consultants can diagnose:
  • in-toe and out-toe gait
  • knock knees
  • bow legs
  • balance issues and joint laxity

Need to know

  • What happens during a gait assessment? icon plus

    Your consultant will carry out a general physical assessment to check how well your child is walking for their age. They will observe:

    • your child's speed, stride and balance as they walk into a room
    • how they walk heel-to-toe in a straight line
    • how they hop in one place
    • how they bend their knee
    • how they touch their finger to their nose (dexterity)

    They will also record height, weight and temperature and examine heart, lungs, abdomen and motor skills. If your consultant suspects gait problems, they may ask for more tests such as MRI scans or X-rays. They may also check for specific issues, such as knock knees and bow legs.

  • How to prepare for the assessment icon plus

    There is no preparation needed for this procedure. Your consultant will talk you through the assessment and answer any questions you might have.
  • After the assessment icon plus

    After the assessment, your consultant will let you know whether any further imaging (X-rays or MRI scans) or assessments are needed. If they think your child may have a problem with their gait, your consultant will discuss further treatment with you.

Our paediatric orthopaedic consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants who are experienced in treating children and childhood conditions, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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