Online Course
Paediatric Limping Gait
Assess and differentiate between the different causes of limping in children

2-2.5 hours





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Krista Eskay
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Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher

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A limping gait is not typical in children. Trauma is the most common cause of limping in children. While conditions that cause limping in children are often self-limiting, a limping gait can be a sign of certain life-threatening medical conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that rehabilitation professionals can differentiate between different causes of limping in children and know when to refer to medical colleagues.

This course overviews the clinical presentation of various causes of paediatric limping. It also explores assessment strategies for the differential diagnosis of limping in children, highlights when to refer for a medical review and provides an overview of management options.


This course aims to introduce rehabilitation professionals to causes of limping in children, their clinical presentation and management.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • distinguish between potential causes of limping in children using a clinical decision flowchart and clinical assessments
  • identify common conditions that can cause limping in children, which are the result of infection, vascular compromise, or exacerbated by changes in activity
  • describe the appropriate management options for at least three conditions that can cause limping in children

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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