Free webinar: Toe walking | 6 March 2023


Toe walking in children might be part of normal development, occasionally persists as “idiopathic toe walking”, but can also be a sign of significant underlying orthopaedic or neuromuscular pathology. In this collaboration between the Royal College of Podiatry (RCPod) and Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK), Professor Cylie Williams of Monash University joins paediatric orthopaedic surgeons Michalis Kokkinakis and Gavin Spence to discuss getting the diagnosis right, red flags, referrals, evidence based management, and how we can collaborate across specialities in the best interests of the patients.

Target audience:

Podiatrists, Physiotherapists, Orthotists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Paediatricians, GPs

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Certificate of attendance:

The webinar is free to attend, but if you require a certificate of attendance – CPD: 1 hour, we ask that you kindly purchase this by selecting the £5 ticket option.

Serial Casting Podcast:

Check out the latest episode of the “Serial Casting” podcast for podiatrists, which addresses “Toe Walking in Children”

Listen to “Serial Casting” on your favourite podcast platform

Additional reading material:

Cylie Williams, Kristy Robson, Verity Pacey, Kelly Gray. American and Australian family experiences while receiving a diagnosis or having treatment for idiopathic toe walking: a qualitative study.

BMJ Open 2020;10:e035965. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035965


19:00  Introduction, Convenors/Hosts

19:05  Toe walking

19:45  Invited questions

20:00  Close

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Convenors and speakers:

Mr Gavin Spence

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Gavin Spence is a full time Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. His particular clinical interest is in external fixation and limb deformity correction. Prior to this he was a consultant for King’s College Hospital London (Dubai) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, treating children with a variety of tertiary paediatric orthopaedic conditions including neuromuscular pathology. He trained in London and Cambridge, with fellowships in Great Ormond Street, Stanmore, and Adelaide.

Mr Michail Kokkinakis

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Michail Kokkinakis is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London. He is the Lead Surgeon on adolescent hip preservation surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust while his additional subspecialty interests include modern management of orthopaedic deformities in children with cerebral palsy as well as treatment of complex feet deformities.

Michail graduated from the medical school of University of Frankfurt in Germany and received his surgical and orthopaedic training in the UK and Greece. He is fellowship-trained in Glasgow, Evelina London and Stanmore. He has a PhD in orthopaedics awarded by the University of Frankfurt, Germany and a PgCert in Clinical Leadership awarded by the University of Teesside, UK. He has an extensive list of 36 Medline publications.

He is member of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery, British Society for Surgery in Cerebral Palsy and the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society. He is co-chair of Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway for South East England as well as BSCOS Delphi flatfoot consensus group and a regular reviewer for the Bone and Joint Journal.

Associate Professor Cylie Williams

Health Services Researcher and Podiatrist, Monash University

Associate Professor Cylie Williams is a health services researcher and podiatrist. She has over 25 years of paediatric clinical experience. During this time her roles have focused on screening and collaborative care of children with foot and leg conditions in public, community health and private practice settings. She has a particular research focus aimed at understanding why some children walk on their tip toes. Cylie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry) from Queensland University of Technology, a Masters in Health Science (Health Promotion and Education) from Deakin University and a PhD from Charles Sturt University. She is also a certified Health Informatician (Australasia). Her ongoing research is focused on collaborative care, communication, use of data to guide care, and understanding the impact of strength and gait aids on mobility and foot problems in children.

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