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An abnormal gait refers to a walking pattern or style that can be caused by a condition or an injury.Many abnormal gaits are just a function of the body’s growth and development, just as toddling leads to more confident steps and eventually strides and running.Common gait issues correct themselves as a child grows, and many may not need treatment. It’s important to understand when your child may have an issue. Talking to your family pediatrician can help you know when you should see an orthopedist.
While many gait abnormalities improve as children age, some will need treatment.