Treatment and prevention of children’s gait disorders

Walking is a process very familiar to everyone, but at the same time, it’s quite complicated, especially for a child who only starts to learn how to walk. When a baby takes step by step, all the muscles of his body begin to interact with each other, and the coordinator of the movement is the central nervous system and the brain. How can you see that something is wrong with your child’s gait and what are the preventive measures? Keep on reading and find it out!
Several factors are responsible for correct gait:
- Correct anatomical structure of both legs.
- Absence of disturbances in muscle work.
- Normal joint mobility.
- Well-established neuromuscular coordination between the brain and the musculoskeletal system.
- Absence of disturbances in the functioning of the middle ear, which is responsible for coordination.
If at least one of the factors is abnormal, the gait of the child will be more or less impaired.
Abnormal gait symptoms
How to recognize gait disturbances? You have to visit an orthopedist if you recognized that your child has any of the following problems:
- Shuffling gait.
- Jerking movements.
- Duck walk
- Uncoordinated movements (the child moves like a drunk).
- Problems with joints’ flexion
- Muscle spasms
In order to prevent any gait disorders, regularly do fitball gymnastics with your baby. Besides, let him or her walk barefoot on grass or pebbles in summer. Avoid waking barefoot on flat surfaces such as on the floor. Wearing special Twiki orthopedic shoes will be a perfect preventive measure as well. Twiki has a broad range of different shoes aimed at solving different feet and gait problems. However, don’t self-medicate! All gait abnormalities should be carefully examined by the orthopedist!