Paediatric Physiotherapy for Gait Irregularities Orillia

Ensure your child walks with confidence and strength. Early physiotherapy intervention can correct gait irregularities and set the foundation for a healthy, active future.

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Help Your Child Overcome Gait Irregularities with Early Physiotherapy Intervention!

Early intervention is key to optimize your child’s development and potential. By neglecting their physiotherapy needs, you may miss out on the many benefits that can help your child reach their full potential.

  • Delayed development of physical abilities, such as walking, crawling, and running
  • Poor posture and body mechanics, leading to future injury
  • Decreased confidence and self-esteem
  • Limited ability to reach developmental milestones and age-appropriate physical capabilities.
  • Difficulty participating in physical activities and sports

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What To Look For

If you’ve noticed a different gait pattern, is it both sides or one-sided? Is it worsening, improving or plateauing? If it is improving and occurring less frequently, it is likely that it will correct on its own. However, if it is worsening or occurring constantly, early intervention is the key to making improvements quickly.

Our Approach to Care / What To Expect

Our physiotherapist can assess what is causing the gait irregularity and prescribe a program to correct the underlying cause. This program can involve some training in-clinic as well as some tips and tricks to work on at home. Most importantly, keeping physiotherapy FUN!

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Gait Irregularities 

Have you noticed your child walking on their toes or do their feet turn inwards or outwards when walking or running? These can all be signs of an underlying issue. Understanding the causes and potential consequences of these irregularities is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. 

  • In-toeing (pigeon-toed) – when a child walks or runs, one or both feet turn inwards.
  • Out-toeing – when a child walks or runs, one or both feet turn outwards.
  • Toe walking – when a child walks on their toes.

Improve your child’s physical and mental well being

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Common Conditions treated with paediatric physiotherapy

  • Achondroplasia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Congenital conditions including torticollis, plagiocephaly (flat spot), hip dysplasia, talipes, Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Developmental delay (gross motor delay or global developmental delay)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic conditions and syndromes
  • Low Tone (hypotonia) or high tone (hypertonia)
  • Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Musculoskeletal concerns (Flat Feet, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Severs, Osgood schlatters, Jumper’s knee, metatarsus adductus, in toeing/out toeing, genu valgum (knocked knees), genu varus (bow legs), leg length discrepancies, w-sitting)
  • Neurological conditions (traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries etc.)
  • Prematurity
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida and neural tube defects
  • Toe Walking

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Getting Started Is Easy

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Develop an Individualized Plan

The physiotherapist will work alongside you and your child to create a treatment plan based on their specific needs.

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Begin treatment and help your child reach their full potential.

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We can submit your health claims directly to most insurance providers, saving you time and paperwork. We make it easier and more convenient for you to access the care you need.

Physiotherapy for Gait Irregularities Orillia FAQs

Reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Gait irregularities can be addressed with physiotherapy at any age, but early detection and intervention often lead to the best outcomes. It is advisable to begin treatment as early as possible, ideally when your child starts walking and you first notice the irregularities. Early treatment can leverage the natural adaptability of a child’s developing body, which can correct gait abnormalities more efficiently during growth spurts.

Physiotherapy for gait irregularities typically involves a comprehensive evaluation to identify the underlying cause of the irregularity. Treatment may include exercises to strengthen muscles, improve balance, and enhance coordination. Therapists also utilize functional training, which can involve walking on different surfaces or practicing specific movements. This approach helps correct patterns and encourage more typical movement, often incorporating games and activities to keep the therapy engaging for children.

Common signs that suggest the need for an evaluation by a physiotherapist include persistent toe-walking, in-toeing or out-toeing, and any apparent difficulty or asymmetry in walking or running. Additionally, if your child frequently trips or falls more than their peers, it may indicate an issue with their gait that physiotherapy could address.

During the first appointment, the physiotherapist will conduct a detailed assessment of your child’s gait, muscle strength, range of motion, and overall physical abilities. This may involve observing how your child walks and runs, performs certain movements, and how they stand and sit. The therapist will also discuss your child’s medical history and any concerns you have observed at home. Based on this assessment, a personalized treatment plan will be developed to target the specific irregularities, which might include in-clinic sessions and exercises to practice at home.

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