Walking Assessments

Do you have concerns about your toddler or young child’s walking? We offer a comprehensive assessment of your child’s walking and formulate a plan to improve their walking through building up their strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.

Walking Assessments

Do you have concerns about your toddler or young child’s walking? We offer a comprehensive assessment of your child’s walking and formulate a plan to improve their walking through building up their strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.

At Ready Steady Therapy we frequently see a variety of walking patterns. Problems with walking often occurs in early childhood when a baby learns to walk and then as they grow and develop. Here are some of the walking problems we see frequently:

In general, most of the children would start walking on their own at around 12 months old. If your child hasn’t begun walking by 18 months, their gross motor skills should be assessed by our team.

We’re skilled at creating age-appropriate play activities to help your child to learn to walk on their own through building up their strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. 

When young children first learn how to walk on their own, it is common for them to fall or trip over but these falls and trips should reduce with time as they become more stable on their feet. If your child consistently falls or trips and appears to fall more frequently than usual when compared with their peers of similar age, you may like to have your child assessed by a Physiotherapist to ensure there is no underlying condition causing them to fall.

Our feet point straight ahead or slightly outward when we stand or walk. When our feet point inward when standing and walking, it is called in-toeing, or sometimes, known as ‘pigeon-toe’. Or the opposite occurs, if our feet point excessively outward when we stand or walk, it is called out-toeing, like the famous actor, Charles Chaplin.

It can be common for young children to have an in-toeing gait in early childhood up to around 7 years of age and this is particularly more common in girls than boys.

We would recommend an assessment with a paediatric physiotherapist if:

  • Your child is persistently standing or walking with their feet turned inwards and it is affecting their physical skills 
  • There has been no improvement to your child’s in-toeing as they are getting older
  • You notice your child to be turned in on one side more than the other 
  • Your child reports pain in their legs
  • Your child’s legs or feet are stiff and this does not improve over time

Young children could have bowlegs, i.e., when the child stands with their feet and ankles together, their knees stay apart. This is especially obvious when the child starts to walk on their own. On the other hand, when the child stands with their knees together, their feet and ankles stay apart. This is known as knocked knees.

We all have an arch on the inside of our feet, running from the end of your heel to you toe pads. When children have flat feet this arch of the foot does not appear when they stand. The arches in children’s feet generally develop by the age of 5 years old. Some children may have flattening of their feet past the age of 5 if they have hypermobility or low muscle tone. Most often having flat feet is a normal variant but if your child does have flat feet and they are complaining of pain in their feet or they are having problems completing physical skills or maintaining balance then a review with a paediatric physio would be recommended. 

While most of these orthopaedic conditions may resolve with time, our assessment can rule out any underlying condition causing these problems and give you peace of mind. You can also check out our blog posts on some common bony problems in young children and how to choose shoes for young children for some tips and tricks at improving their walking. 

We can help you with all the above and many more conditions. There are no silly questions, your child’s health is our number one priority and any concern you have should be checked by a professional paediatric physiotherapist. 

Other services

We provide physio to children who have NDIS plans that are Plan Managed or Self Managed. We offer weekly, fortnightly or monthly physiotherapy sessions dependent on the need of the child.
If you have concerns regarding your baby or young child’s development, we offer assessment sessions to review your child’s progress. We then formulate a physio plan that you can then use to improve their gross motor skills.
Our Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of specialist equipment such as standing frames, walking frames, sleep systems, seating, race runners and adapted tricycles. We can help with accessing and acquiring equipment for short term or permanent use.
We see kids who need support to develop their physical skills and coordination. Our team is skilled at activities designed to boost strength, agility, balance, and coordination. Give us a call to see if your child would benefit from a physiotherapy assessment.
Our Physiotherapist’s are trained to provide water-based physiotherapy activities. We provide aquatic physiotherapy sessions in local leisure centres and your own home (pool required). Find out more about our aquatic physiotherapy services and if it would benefit your child.
We often work with children with neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, acquired Brain Injuries, Down Syndrome, Spinal Cord Injuries, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and other rare genetic disorders. We also give advice on how to improve gross motor skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and provide physiotherapy treatment as required.
We treat a wide range of common musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions for children and teenagers, and some not so common conditions too! Physiotherapy can be offered to children and adolescents who have had an injury or who have an MSK condition leading to pain and dysfunction. If your child or teenager is complaining of pain in their muscles or joints, it will benefit them to be reviewed by a child physiotherapist.

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If you’d like to discuss your child’s needs, we offer a free, 15 minute pre-consultation conducted with one of our expert senior physiotherapists. During this pre-consultation, we can discuss which of our services would best assist your child, and what the next steps will include. Click the button below to book in your pre-consultation now.

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