By school age, children will have acquired an adult walking pattern but will still have a faster cadence (steps per minute) and slower velocity than an adult, and any deviation in the gait from the adult pattern should be regarded as a limp. In this age group, a painful limp must be investigated carefully as the causes include potentially serious conditions such as trauma, infection, inflammation, and tumor. A careful history may often point to the diagnosis. Children in this age group are usually good historians.
KeywordsCerebral Palsy Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Lower Limb Pain Antecedent Trauma
Child with leukemic deposits in spine picking up an object from the floor (MP4 1209 kb)
Gait pattern in a child with leukemic deposits in the spine (MP4 2588 kb)
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