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Tip-toe Walking

tip-toe walking

Lots of toddlers walk only on their tip-toes for a while and, like thumb-sucking or comfort blankets, most will simply grow out of it. There are, however, certain factors to look out for as the condition may indicate another, more serious problem which could need specialist attention.

Tip-toe walking means your child is only using the balls of the feet, and that the heel is not really coming into contact with the ground. For most kids this lasts 2-3 months while they learn to walk (at between 10 and 18 months) and once they’ve got the hang of taking proper steps their gait will be completely normal.

If tip-toe walking lasts longer than three months however, or if your child is still doing it after the age of three, there’s a danger that the calf muscles and general posture will be damaged. A pair of firm boots which cover the ankle will help him or her take normal steps, and so will ‘training’ sessions where you concentrate on waking together. If this doesn’t work your doctor or physiotherapist will be able to recommend special stretching exercises designed to loosen the Achilles tendon and other ankle muscles, tightness in which can cause tip-toe walking, and if there’s a more serious physical problem your doctor may suggest the temporary use of a brace.

In rare cases however, tip-toe walking can be one of the symptoms (alongside a more general difficulty in performing fiddly tasks) of mild cerebral palsy or a developmental disorder such as autism, so it’s important to keep an eye on the condition and let your doctor know about any associated changes. In most cases however, particularly with a bit of gentle parental help, tip-toe walking is a phase that will pass and will leave no lasting damage.

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I'm 16 and I've walked on my toes since I started walking. When I was 3 or so, my parents took me to a doctor who told them I would grow out of it. They were uneasy, but decided to trust the doctor because he's a doctor, he must know what he's talking about right? Well, when I was 6 or 7, I still hadn't grown out of it so my parents took me to children's mercy hospital. I ended up having surgery on my Achilles tendons, to lengthen them. I had casts on both my legs for months, I would wake up screaming in the middle of the night because my legs weren't used to sitting normal. Well, I'm 16 now, and my tendons are long enough to walk flat footed, but I still walk tip-toed out of habit sometimes. My legs don't get stiff, my back never hurts, and my feet are pretty big (size 12) so no stunted growth. But my toes naturally sit pointed up like when normal feet are pointing their toes up. And when I point my toes up, I might as well be putting them against a wall. So yeah my toes grew in wrong and that's about the only thing that's wrong with me now. So they fixed me? I'm not sure if I should get my toes corrected or what?





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I am twenty-three and I've toe walked all my life. I've never seen a doctor for it but I wish my mother had taken me to see someone because now my feet are the size of a child's from stunted growth (seriously my eight year old cousin and I wear the same shoe size), I still can't walk normally and I get these pins and needles sensations in my feet when I wake up in the morning. The backs of my ankles and calves are so stiff in the morning and by the end if the day they hurt. I have back pains pretty consistently after being on my feet for even a few hours and now I can't even afford to go see anyone for it.





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My son is nearly 5 and has always tiptoed, he can when reminded ealk flat footed although this is usually only for a few steps. I have had sturdy boots for him and they didn't work, he's under a specialist at our local hospital, she has found nothing wrong with him, his muscles and bone structure are fine and motor skills etc are on track for his age. The doctor believes its a sensory thing ans he absorbs more 'information' from his surroundings by tiptoeing. I still remind him by now just saying 'toes' to walk 'normally' and he wears heavy school boots too....its something im hoping he just grow out of it!





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I have one baby of 2.5 years, but my child runs only on toe with the help of only me when i held her with my hand catching and even cannot stand alone and crawl only. Please suggest me to help my child.





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So my son is now going to be five yrs old an is still currently walking on his tippy toes. He will not walk whole foot to the floor since he was able to walk..I have asked his doctor they told me he would grow out of it..well thats when he was two an three an now hes going on five an still no change...what to do? Any suggestions on what anyone could think it could be.





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My son is six and is a toe-walker. Ask for a referral to physiotherapy. They gave us daily exercises and stretches to do with him. He has paediatric shoes that help to keep his heels on the floor. At the moment he has leg casts on to help stretch the tendons and reset his balance. Its the second time he's had them on and I'm hoping it will work this time! There is definitely help out there via physiotherapy so push your GP for a referral or change your GP.

hi im looking for some advise my 2 year old daughter is a very high tiptoe walker the specialist have tried physio,special boots plaster casts and nothing as brought her down any she as also had a mri scan ,blood tests to see if its genentic but nothing shown up now the specialist want to try co-careldopa which is to treat parkinsons disease i have googled this medication and it says not to be given to children and people under 18 as any 1 else been given this medication to treat tiptoe walking





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I'm 15 years old and walk normally most of the time because my school shoes are hard to tip toe in, but when i'm not in my school shoes i do tip toe a lot and it feels more comfortable. I'm fairly small for my age so I feel taller when tip toeing and feel a normal height when doing so (makes me sad being small). As a result I have developed fairly big calve muscles, however has helped me in sports such as running, football, etc... Though I quite worried that from tip toeing, it has stunted my growth. I'm not sure if this is possible, but the fact it's too late now to get out of the habit is just a shame.





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I walked on my toes since I was 12 months old. By the age of 10 I had seen loads of drs, specialists and had several tests and physio. At 10 years old; a childrens hospital put my legs in casts for 3 months; to stretch my acielis tendons. With every week returning to tighten the casts to stretch the tendon a little more. I'm now 21; rarely walk on my toes. Have quite muscley legs for a slim girl. Though the toe walking never had affected me. Growing up I danced, was a very good runner and had great balance. Only concern now is at 21 I am having a few back problems, which may lead back to the toe walking.





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My son is 4 and is always on his toes he can walk flat footed if prompted but always goes back on his toes. I have asked two different drs about this and got the same response as most of the other parents "they will grow out of it". Now my husband has concerns about it being linked to autism, I know he hasn't got autism but still confused as to why he does it. I am currently waiting for a physio referral to try and establish the cause if any. I think its a habit but don't want it to affect him as he gets older with pains and hip problems. Its good to read these comments feels less of an issue.





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Well my son walked the same way we operated and it's been 7yrs now we did it at age 5 not sure if we did the right thing he is flat footed now was very hard for is after operation he was not happy had to wear a cast for 6 months and was miserable but we managed he plays sports n enjoys karate we check his feet constantly I hope his adult hood will be ok

I'm 16 and toe walk but it seems so natural to me what should I do?





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Yeah that's what I wana know, I've been walking on my toes since I could walk and I am 17, people day I walk weird and I can hardly walk normal, my knees are bent inward , I had a boyfriend who walked like that, but he was pigeon toed and he only did it cause he started walking too early





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