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My 3 year old daughter has started limping, putting her weight

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My 3 year old daughter has started limping, putting her weight to the outside of her right foot. She insists she has no pain and is running and jumping. What could this be? Should I take her to be checked over?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 3 years ago.
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Hi,

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Are you available?

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This is certainly a potentially serious condition and deserves early evaluation from your pediatrician.

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Limping in a toddler can be due to many reasons including limb length discrepancy, DDH, occult fractures, and rarely aseptic necrosis of the femur head. Sometimes viral infections may lead to synovitis / inflammation around the local joints. Rarely an inflammatory / rheumatological / neurological cause may be found.

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While the most likely cause may be some local trauma, given the potentially serious causes, the other possibilities deserve a serious consideration too,

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Hence the need for an early pediatric appraisal

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You can read more here

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Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 3 years ago.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your assessment, all of the conditions you described sounded like an element of pain would be involved, yet my daughter reports no pain, is this normal?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 3 years ago.

Hello J C,

The original expert is off line.

The fact that she has no pain and has normal energy to bounce and jump, rules out most bone or joint related (infective, vascular) conditions.

But still this oddity should be checked, as constant weight-bearing on outside, involves lifting the arch of right foot higher, and this would sooner or later fatigue the small muscles involved for this.

Try keeping her feet clad with appropriate shoes all waking hours.

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