How To Address Conditions That Affect Pediatric Gait

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Guest Clinical Editor: Edwin Harris, DPM

As for paralytic dropfoot, Dr. Harris notes that using an AFO can help convert a child with paralytic anterior compartments from a toe-heel gait to a heel-toe pattern. Unless the paralytic process is somehow reversible, he says he would expect lifetime brace wear for this patient.

Dr. Harris is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Keen specializes in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Dr. Valmassy is a Staff Podiatrist at the Center for Sports Medicine at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. Dr. Valmassy is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine.

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