Jogging & Running/Gait Problems


I've always had a weird gait and when I was a toddler, my parents had me checked out. It was just typical in toeing, so there was nothing to worry about.

However, Lately my mom has noticed my gait has gotten worse. The right foot is turning in much more than usual and my overall gist looks off. This has happened in the past before and after a couple weeks my gait returned to my normal level of in toeing. Normally I am in toeing and sometimes my feet knock my ankles when I walk or run.

I'm a 20 year old female. The only other relevant things I can think if include that my right shoulder is slightly higher than my left. In 6th grade the school nurse noticed that when asked to rest my hands at my side that my right arm doesn't naturally stay. It hangs out a couple inches to the side. I can force it to the side, but it isn't natural like with the left. My doctor has never noted any scoliosis in my spine.

My mom wants to get the gait issue checked out, but I was wondering if you had any ideas or if it was worth getting checked out?

Thanks for the help!

Dear Meghan,

This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Ukrainian Village 60622, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
It is a good idea to have your gait checked out & see what is the cause of these issues.
Sounds like you may have some scoliosis & that the in-toeing may be compensatory.
Sometimes orthotics may help, or postural exercises. Go see a good osteopath or board certified podiatrist. Even though you appear to be symptom free, can't hurt to practice preventive medicine.
Hope this helps & Good Luck!
Dr George Tsatsos, Svetlana Zats, Dr Mariano Rivera, Dr Massard & Dr Kurtz
Chicago 60618 & 60622, Elmhurst 60126, Bartlett 60103 Podiatrists
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery & Orthopedics
New South Loop Location-Chicago 60661

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