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Why Is My Child Limping Without Complain of Pain?

Did your kid suddenly start limping but isn't complaining of pain? Find out the reasons behind it.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
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Edited by Lucia Gcingca

Updated November 2, 2023.

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Imagine your lively child suddenly starts limping yet doesn't mention a thing about pain or discomfort. Such unexplained limping in toddlers can send any parent's heart racing.

While there may be many reasons behind your kid's limping, you should understand the underlying causes to recognise the early warning signs. By being proactive, you'll quickly address the issue so your little one can return to playing with his friends.

Reasons for Limping

Children have active lifestyles, and your kid could be limping for several reasons, such as:

  • Fracture
  • Tight shoes
  • Sprains
  • Blisters

Underlying Conditions

Here are some conditions that can lead to your little one limping without any apparent signs of pain:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Irritable hip
  • Perthes’ disease
  • Slipped upper femoral epiphysis

Did You Know?

A less common cause for your child's limp could be Transient Synovitis, otherwise known as toxic synovitis. It's an inflammation of the fluid in the hip joint, occurring after a child has a cold or a viral infection.

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How to Tell if a Limp is Serious

Identifying the seriousness of your child's limp can be a challenging task. Consider the limping serious when there's no apparent cause or it fails to resolve within a few days.

Signs to look out for are:

  • Fever
  • Persistent Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Inability to move or stand on the leg that hurts


Toddlers are usually unable to express themselves, which can cause the limping to worsen. If you're in doubt, consult a qualified healthcare professional.

Happy Feet

Understanding the potential underlying causes and recognising early warning signs is your first line of defence to address potential issues quickly. That is also where the importance of proper footwear comes into play.

Orthopaedic shoes, like those offered by First Walkers, are crucial in promoting healthy foot development. By selecting the right pair, you can ensure your kid gets the support and care they need for proper growth.


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