As your child enters his or her teenage years, they’re going to go through growing pains, and it’s at these times that you may notice your child walking in a way that suggests they’re in pain. While this may sometimes be attributed to the awkwardness of adolescence, there are other situations where it might be in your child’s best interest to bring them to a doctor. A new report highlights those signals that a doctor’s visits may not be a bad idea.
In many cases, a child may stumble over themselves as they struggle to get used to their growing bodies. But if this constant stumbling occurs in conjunction with other issues, like their hips or shoulders seeming to be at different levels than one another, then that might be cause for concern.
How your child walks will also be something to pay attention to. With an ideal gait, a person will move their feet forward with the toes pointed essentially straight ahead. So if you notice that your teen’s toes tend to want to move toward either side rather than directly to the front, you may want to get that checked. This way of thinking also applies when a child’s knees do the same thing.
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