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An exploration of the lower limb characteristics of children with an idiopathic toe walking gait, and how these characteristics are managed.

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posted on 2023-03-16, 02:25 authored by Antoni CasertaAntoni Caserta

Idiopathic toe walking (ITW) is when children walk without their heels making ground contact. This thesis explored “how do we examine” and “how do we treat” children with ITW. Novel findings included children with ITW being very physically active, displaying reduced leg strength, reduced movement in their ankle joints, sleeping less, and reporting lower health-related quality of life scores than peers. This thesis also highlighted the absence of strong evidence to support management strategies commonly used for ITW and where clinicians may draw upon what they have learned in treating other cohorts of children that toe walk.

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Principal supervisor

Prue Morgan

Additional supervisor 1

Cylie Williams

Year of Award

2022

Department, School or Centre

Primary and Allied Health Care

Additional Institution or Organisation

Physiotherapy

Campus location

Australia

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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