03 Sep 2018 Why Is My Child Tripping Over?
Children may trip a lot for a variety of reasons: poor visual pickup and prediction, slow and inadequate responses to balance disturbances, muscle weakness, hypermobility of the joints and intoeing.
Characteristics of intoeing:
Metatarsus adductus occurs when the foot is turned inwards while the outside of the foot is generally straight. With this foot posture, the foot curves inwards. It is believed that metatarsus adductus occurs due to the position of the baby in the mother’s uterus. Most of the time metatarsus adductus resolves without treatment by the age of two or three as generally babies have flexible feet.
- Gentle exercise may help.
- Shoe inserts or a short period of casting to help straighten the child’s feet.
- Internal tibial torsion:
Internal tibial torsion occurs when the bone of the lower leg turns inwards between the knee and the ankle. It is very common in infancy and childhood, and usually corrects without treatment by the time the child is about eight years old. No specific treatment exists to fix internal tibial torsion.
- Femoral Anteversion:
This occurs when the thigh bone turns inwards between the hip and the knee. Femoral anteversion is a normal process in early child growth and usually resolves by the the time the child reaches 10 years old. Children sometimes sit in a W position with their botton between their heels which might encourage internal femoral torsion. Hence it is wise to try and discourage your child from sitting in that position. No specific treatment exists to correct internal femoral torsion.
Intoeing normally resolves without any treatment as a child but if symptoms persist, a visit to the podiatrist for possible orthotics with gait plates together with stretching and strengthening exercises would help.
Please call us on (03) 8645 9800 or book in online with one of our friendly podiatrists today if you are concerned about your child’s reoccurring tripping.