OUT TOE GAIT
What is Out-Toe Gait?
An irritation and inflammation of the growth plate (apophysis) at the top of the leg bone (tibial tubercle), where the patella tendon inserts. In a child, the bones grow from areas called growth plates. The growth plate is made up of cartilage cells, which are softer and more vulnerable to injury than mature bone.
Symptoms of Out-Toe Gait
- Struggle with exercise and tire easily
- Child may be clumsy
- Legs and feet may ache
Causes of Out-Toe Gait
- Sleeping + sitting positions
- More associated with obese individual
- Change in bone structure
- Tight muscles
- Neurological defects
- Most children will outgrow it (90%)
- Associated with a hip dysplasia
When to see a podiatrist?
Unfortunately, children can’t always explain what they’re feeling other than saying it hurts. It is therefore vital for parents and people involved in the child’s upbringing, to pay close attention to the development of your child’s feet.
Treatment for Out-Toe Gait
- Discourage bad posture e.g. TV position and sleeping posture
Is Out-Toe Gait covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether your children’s treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.