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My son walks funny, is there something wrong w/him or is it just a habit?

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My son is going to be 4 in less than two months. Since he was 2, people have notice and commented on the fact that he walks crooked. I didn't notice anything wrong and thought those people were crazy and actually got quite annoyed when they brought it up. DH however insisted that he go see the pediatrician who assessed that there was nothing wrong w/him but he should go see a physical therapist. So when he was 2.5, we brought him to a pt, who said that he his pointing his left to inward, but sometimes not. However, we didn't feel the therapy sessions were making any difference in him so we stopped. Lately though, I've been noticing that he seems to be doing it more, and he's sort of dragging that foot, and is running knock-knee and he holds his elbows to his side while he walks, sort of like (this sounds so bad) someone with cerebral palsy. But I know he doesn't have cp.
He seems happy and healthy most of the time, but it's starting to concern me when I see him walking and running sometimes. His preschool teacher had suggested last year to see an pediatric orthopedist. But I never went. Now I have this sinking feeling that something is wrong w/his bones. I just wrote a post on the Nutrition and Healthy Eating board that I'm concerned that he may need some mineral supplements as he eats soo much dairy and have been reading (mostly from vegan and paleo-diet sources) how dairy is actually so bad for your bones. But who would be the right person to take him to? A chiro? It takes so long to find out if chiropractic care is working, doesn't it? Maybe an osteopath?
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How long was he in PT? Did his PT give you any prognosis or other information related to the expected rate of progress? Generally, insurance companies or schools want therapists to have goals for children. That way you know what is expected to happen, and by what date - then you can see if your son is getting to where he needs to be, or if the goal is something you even care about. It may be worth another shot, if you find a PT who meshes well with your family. It can take time to work, and some PTs don't work well with children. However, there are amazing PTs out there. Some kids just never do benefit from therapy, even with the best therapists. So basically, it depends, but sometimes it can be really helpful.

The orthopedist may be a good place to start. You definitely don't need to go the whole allopathic route, but having someone who is a specialist on these types of issues may give you some good input, even if you decide to address it differently than the specialist recommends.

As far as the concern with his bones, how is his diet other than the high dairy intake?
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I just wrote a post on the Nutrition and Healthy Eating board that I'm concerned that he may need some mineral supplements as he eats soo much dairy and have been reading (mostly from vegan and paleo-diet sources) how dairy is actually so bad for your bones.
Just wanted to comment on something.
In your research on dairy, would it be accurate to say that raw milk was never mentioned?
Because processed dairy is bad for the bones, never mind the whole body, whereas raw is not.
My bone and tooth strength increased many times after switching to raw.
I would venture to say that anyone that has made the switch would say the same.
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He is still fairly young, so he may simply grow out of it. One thing to check for is if he is flat footed. If so, seek out a podiatrist as well.

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