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The Limping Child

Updated: Jun 9, 2022


At one time or another, all children have episodes of limping. Usually, the limp is caused by a minor injury and will get better by itself. Limping that lasts longer than a week and is not getting better on its own presents several challenges to parents and doctors:

How does it affect the child? Young children are not very good at describing things. Older children may try to "play through" pain even when it is not safe.

Where is it coming from? The cause may be anywhere in the leg, and could even be in another part of the body.

What tissue is responsible? Limping can result from problems in muscles, ligaments, joints, or bones.

Does it require treatment? Children have fantastic healing ability and many problems will resolve on their own.

How serious is it? Conditions causing a limp vary from the trivial, which are very common, to the life-threatening, which are rare. If you have any concerns about your child and need more information please feel free to contact my office. Office line | +27 (0)21 554 2389


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