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There are a number of common foot and lower limb variations seen in children, occasionally, presenting symptoms are ‘red flags’; warning signs that there may be underlying pathology present. Some advice is given on the leaflet on when and when not to refer children presenting with some of the most common gait anomalies, to a physiotherapist or podiatrist.


If you are considering a referral for a young child with a gait anomaly, please consult the professional advice sheet, before referring. Most children will not require a referral, unless there are also concerns about the child’s development.