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    yes, and the effects can be devastating leading to years off school and possibly never fully recovering. Symptoms are extreme tiredness, unable to walk due to pain and heart conditions. Don't want to worry you but it is really a terrible illness - insist on a blood test that has taken five years of my daughters life so far.

    my daughter is unable to run properly she is 9 years old. In the mornings and when she is tired she is unable to move her legs quickly, when she tries really hard to she appears to have one leg longer than the other? Even from infants school a teacher asked if she suffered from dislocating hips as a baby, which she never, her ballet teacher and playgroup commented too. She gets very upset and is teased about this. She has been to physio but never saw the physiotherapist when her coordination is at its worst, which is very frustrating as they didnt seem to believe how bad it gets. Her upper body shows the effort she is putting into running but nothing seems to happen with her legs. Any ideas as to what could be the cause or how I can help her?





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    the best way to do this is to get your doctor to do a refairal to see a specealist and they will be able to help you my daughter suffers from cerbral palsey and i went through my doctor hopefully you may get the answers you are looking for all the best

    Hello,my daughter has been having problem with her hipsince she was one year old I took her for arthrogram when she was four the doctor said nerves are still grow in one leg and her hip bone is not in the socket nothing was done to fixed it my daughter can't walk 100 yards she will be complaining of hip pain and can't walk and her appointment this August I was told she is got mild hip fixed flexion deformity and was told to be having physio which I think she doesn't need this is putting a big strain on me because I still use pushchair for a five year old child because she can't walk far can you advise me on what to do please thank you.





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    My son is 10 and keeps soiling his pants. It's worse when he is anxious or has eaten certain foods.We have taken him to the GP whome seems to think nothing is wrong but this has been going on for two years now and is affecting him emotionally and socialy. He is unable to do sleepovers and join in other activities like his friends.





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    My daughter is now 13 and has had a toilet problem since i can remember, i have tried everything with her and tried to figure out why she poo's her knickers, i have tried the bribes, praises and the taking things away stuff but nothing works. When she was little i would see her standing in a corner tensing when she wanted a poo, she would cross her legs and hold it in. When she discovered i knew what she was doing she would hide and push me away, i used to take her to the toilet and make her sit for 5 mins but this never worked either,. She was under a specialist for about 3 years who just gave her movicol and whatever other laxative they have (she has tried them all), she has been tested for coeliac, liver & kidney problems, she has had dye put in her to find any blockages and has been in hostpital twice to try help but everything is negitive and "nothing wrong", the specialist said she will have to be on laxatives for years and eventually it will go, she soils herself everyday, she smells really bad everyday and goes through 3 pairs of knickers a day, it's not a full lump of poo in her knickers, it's the bits that seep out form the sides (as the doctor said)the main part of it is what the cant get out and the last time i saw "the main part" she was 4. I took her off the medicine as she would gip and often be sick (have these doctors tasted Movicol, it is like eating powdered salt, she now has constant belly and head ache, always wants to go to sleep and is at least a foot shorter than all her friends, she cant stomach any medicine other than calpol. I have considered her seeing a child physiatrist as it may be in her head and may have a fear of going to the toilet, i have spoken to my daughter openly about her problems and she is scared to go but also said she can't go. I'm constantly back & forth with this and have not had an answer to her problem in the 13 years she has had this problem. All i can say at the moment is i dont think there is an answer to this, if it cant be treated with medicine or treatment then doctors dont know what to do. She has been trying hard to sit on the toilet when she feels it's coming out but always says it goes back up, i have bought her some senokot which she said she doesnt mind having but because it makes her runny she wont have it, laxatives dont make the child go to the toilet they make it worse, even though it's soft and pain free she still wont go.

    i no exactly what your going through! People don't seem to think it's a problem. Because they are going to the toilet!(even if it's in their pants!). But its not affecting them medically. My son is also 10 & has never (as far as I'm aware) been to the poo on the toilet. We have tried everything from bribing to taking away his fave toys. But nothing seems to work. I keep hoping that he will grow out of it, But I have been hoping that for the last 5 years!! It's nice to no that I'm not the only one going through this & that it's not as rare as I thought. It would just be nice if someone medically thought the same thing!!

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    My son is 13 months old he has been walking with furniture since he was 6 months old. He can stand by himself for last 7 months but everytime he takes a step alone he falls due to positioning of his toes. He can climb and go down stairs no problems but cries now each time he cant walk. My gp has told me he wont refer to the hospital until my son is 18 months old as not urgent if he cant walk unaided as he can just crawl everywhere is this right? Just my little one is getting so frustrated and even started temper tantrums when sees other babies walking which is hard to deal with as nothing I can do to help him.





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    My son is also 13 months and has intoe which come from a twist in the bone from the knee to the ankle. this was picked up by the pediatrician at his 6 weeks check up. He was referred to a physio who he has been seeing ever since. I was given exercises to stretch his feet and try to correct them. He took his first steps at 10months and is now walking very well albeit he does trip more than the average toddler due to his feet. I saw the physio again yesterday who said she is very happy with him and thinks the exercises have really helped him. She also said sometimes with intoe there can also be a tension in the muscles which is causing in which requires a different type of treatment. Your GP should have referred you to a physio as the normal "wont refer until 18 months for not walking" does not apply when they have intoe. I have been told that it is very common and usually corrects itself by the age of 4, but I believe if we hadn't have been doing the exercises for all these months, he may not be walking so well if at all.

    my son is 4yrs old and he don't listen when he is told to do and when you talk to him he can't stand still he fidgets constantly and is very hyper,jumping on my sofas and his bed plus I will do actives with him and he gets distracted very easier and us unable to finish the task at hand plus he can be very difficult to handle on a day to day basic do U think he could have ADHA?should I get him tested?plus his dad had it when he was a child





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    Yes you should my daughter has adhd and since on small amount of meds has improved so much at school and at home took along time to get here but hey dont lose face my daughter has a few friends now.Good luck would be nice to hear how you get on x

    im 13 5ft and im 7st i know im healthy weight eat fruit at lunch and veg at tea/dinner eat nuts or bread up to you for breakfast i eat nuts in my alpen cereal bar only 70 calories i used to be losing 1/4 of a pound every day because i wanted to be 6st 5lb but i know im healthy i almost became anorexic and used to weigh myself every day and do over regular excersize i walk 4 miles everyday still i used to walking about 5 miles but you just have to excersize eat less portions eat fruit and veg walk to school (if poss) if you have a dog try walking it everday hope this helped please reply thanks

    My daughter is nearly 2..she is experiencing 'episode' of crying and falling to fall. She is unable to pick herself up and an adult who is with her has to aid her in doing this. She goes lithargic for couple of minutes and holds either of her eyes. This happens only every few months but when it does occur she can have upto 15 'episodes' within the space of a few hours. This cango on for 2 days and then shewill be for a few months and no symptoms persist. Other than this my daughter is fit and healthy...please help!!!





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    My son just turned 4 we have been under the hospital for about a year now and hes had eeg's and mri scans and still found no brain problems but he has been diagnosed with focal epilepsy due t the electricity being produced further in the brain, When he has a seizure his eyes roll leg and arm stiffen and he's a bit twitchy sometimes he can do 10 in a day then nothing for a few weeks. He is now taking a anti seizure drug called Carbamazephine and they are at bay so go back and pester your gp for cosultant referal! My son is also very fit and healthy in every other way. Good luck x

    wow, this sounds very very similar to what my 8 year old is going through. Your Daughter is the first person I've found to have the same symptoms. She starts by having eye pain and this is a warning that she is going into an episode. She curls up in a ball and then after a couple of minutes she feels dizzy and her whole body goes completly floppy. The first episode lasted 3 days and wasn't as severe but now the episodes last between an hour and 24 hours and they are getting worse and worse. She cannot open her eyes when in an episode. Her CT scan was normal and we are waiting for MRI results. When she's not in an episode she is a normal happy child. It sounds very similar so maybe we can swap info if and when we get any?

    My eight year old son is unable to retract his foreskin. Though we have seen a urologist annually for about 4 years, whereby he wanted to keep monitoring the condition, on our last visit he has recommended my son be circumcised, an appointment that is now weeks away. My son is reluctant to have this done and as a mother I just want to do what is best for him. Should we wait and continue monitoring, with the possibility that he will still need it doing in his teens (possibly more traumatic physically/emotionally), or should we have it done now? I am worried about side effects, both physical and psychological. No alternative treatment has been discussed or offered, should I be seeking one?





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    my oldest son was done at the age of 3 he is 12 now and it was the best thing i done because he was in so much pain it wont get any better if the skin is tight it needs to be done i am waiting for my youngest son to be done as well he is only 4 but he crys when he wants a pee as he skin is very tight and his penis blows up like a ballon hope i was of any help to you sarah

    I was circumcised at the age of 5 and my eldest son was circumcised last year at the age of 12. He had problems on and off for a few years and we decided circumcision was the solution because all of the creams simply didnt work. Well we took him private the circumcision clinic in Luton and it cost £300 he was small enough for a plastibell to be applied, the day came we arrived and i took my son in a small room where his penis was checked, he was then numbed and i picked him up on the couch where he was allowed to play with his psp, i was there watching and keeping my son occupied but he kept looking, once they were satisfied he was numb, they made a slit and attached the plastibell he then add to urinate to make sure he was able to do so, it took around 12minutes to attach the plastibell, i had discussed with my son about his frenum etc and he wanted it removing like me so this was done at the same time. The plastibell goes under the foreskin then it is tied on the outside, this prevents blood going to the foreskin so it simply dries and falls off. We were then given some advise on how to take care of his penis etc. We had to put a handful of salt in his bath water daily and within 10days his foreskin and plastibell fell off. He wanted to go back school within 3days of having the plastibell attached but i decided to keep him off school until it had fallen off just incase he got kicked in the area etc. My only regret was instead of getting him done when he was 6 and started having problems i waited, i am happy being circumcised and my son is also happy.

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    Hi Im 13 Years Old , When I Am About To Have A Bath Or A Shower Theres White Slimy Thing's On My Pants . Im Afraid It Might Be Serious . And It Really Stinks In While I Walk Or Sit .





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    if its from your front parts its really nothing to worry about. sounds like its vaginal discharge, every woman/girl gets it. usually starts at onset of puberty it is the vaginas natural way of getting rid of dirt and irritants. you should really only be worried if the colour changes and/or starts to smell really quite bad. its supposed to smell a bit, remember where its coming from!:) Hope this helps. if you are still worried ask a relative perhaps your mum, aunt, (older)sister? remember they will all have had it at some point. its only natural! if its smelling really quite strongly and noticeably then i would ask someone(remember it could just be your own increased awareness!)

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    My daughter has had the operation at 14 last year. It was successful. Unfortunately because it was left untreated for so long she now has displacement of her hips and is still unable to walk without pain. The sooner you follow through with the operation and then Physio after the better in my experience. All the best for you little one and I'm sure it will be a success!

    Hi I'm 15 and I walk on my tiptoes a lot... People take the piss out of me at school because when I walk I bounce up and down and I just look like an idiot... No matter how hard I try, even if I try and walk normally there is still bouncing present... Please help, I really want to walk normally so people will stop taking the mickey Thanks





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    I'm 14 and I walk on my tiptoes to, I used to bounce while walking and people used to laugh at me about it but even though i still walk on my tiptoes I have learnt to control the bouncing, just try not to push off your toes while walking and it'll become more natural to walk without bouncing.

    My daughter was diagnosed at birth and then dischsrged as being ok after all. It wasn't until she was 22 months and had been walking for over 6 months on a totally dislocated hip that we realised. By then of course it was too late and she had to have major surgery resulting in her being in a cast from her chest to her ankles for 3 months and being unable to walk for more than 4 months. She is now recovering but will not be perfect until she's at least 9 years old. Early detection is the difference between surgery and no surgery. It traumatised us as a family.





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    I am 20 years old and I've been walking on my toes for my whole life. I never realized it was a medical condition. I can walk normally but only if I force myself too or if someone reminds me that I'm walking on my toes;in which case my legs start hurting when I walk for too long. It feels more natural for me to walk on my toes than it does to walk from my heel down.





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    I am 16 years old and as long as I can remember I have been a toe walker. It physically is weird and almost painfully awkward to walk with my heel down as I chant remindingly heel toe over and over. Occasionally my toes ache and cramp up but otherwise my calfs are steel and I can handle it

    Been doing the same thing since I was born. Didn't even notice it was a condition at all also. My family are always bugging me for when I do it. Do you also struggle with keeping your foot flat? Like you have to force it to be flat when your standing?

    Just wanted to add, looking for the signs is much harder with Bi-lateral DDH, one leg being slightly shorter, extra skin creases on the hip or thigh and one hip not opening as far as the other don't apply as both legs are the same. our daughter was unable to sit unaided, she was unable to crawl and weightbare by a year old, we had major concerns something was wrong but they were dismissed, we were told she was a late developer until eventually they did xrays at 16 months old and revealed she had no hip sockets at all and her femors were sitting at the top of her pelvis. If you have worries about your child, keep pursueing it, intuition is usually right!





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    I have had the issue of toe walking since a kid, and I'm 45 now. I'm just now looking into some ways to reduce my calves. My mother ignored the issue. She thought it was 'cute'. Other than getting teased about being a ballerina or a "tippy toe" walker on occassion, I didn't really have (m)any issues growing up. There are no issues with balance; if anything, balance wil be stronger because you're not centered. What it WILL affect, though, is footspeed. Your child will never be able to sprint fast, because the foot plane won't give the foot leverage and push that it needs in, say, a 40 yard dash. Another thing you will notice is that your child will not be able to stay on their feet as long as someone who walks with normal gait. The MAJOR manifestation you will see, is that the calves will become huge. In my case, they're enormous. And because I have a long torso short leg body type, I look like the proverbial 'Alpine Man'. Once those calves get overdeveloped, there is little to nothing you can do to fix this, so I think this is one of the main reasons you should look into the matter more seriously. Cutting the tendons is a draconian measure for sure, but some discuss that as a way to reduce calf muscle. I'm not a MD or PhD in Medicine, Pediatrics or Orthotics, so my credibility is squat academically speaking, but I have lived the issue, and personally, I don't personally think the casts and such will address the issue. I believe that your child will need to be 're-programmed' to walk properly. I was unable to re-learn to walk properly, even being consciously aware of the toe-walking. On long walks, like a day long walk around a theme park, the walk would settle into the heels a bit because of fatigue. But - I have a new 'discoverydevelopment' I will share. It started when I was playing golf, and was told that I had no hips in my swing. I realized, from video, that I was "hip locked" . A large reason why I was "hip locked", is that I never used my hips walking, and developed my hips. I started doing hip stretches each morning, along with calf stretchs on a Power Systems calf stretch incline (metal, adjustable), and all of a sudden, my walk has more hips in it, and my heels seem to 'want' to touch the ground. It has changed my walk dramatically - but more naturally also. My recommendation; a rigorous routine of hip stretches and calf stretches. You've got to essentially get them to re-learn to walk, but subconsciously - not consciously or they will always revert back to toe walking. And to 're-program' the walk, you have to make it EASY for the body to walk naturally. It won't be easy without hip flexibilty, and dorsal flexibility.





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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

    Hi my son turns 4 years this March. he walk on his tip toe mostly & my pediatrician got an appointment to see the specialist regarding his walking habit. They told me to wear brace, but we dint do so far thinking we can make him to walk normally by telling daily whenever he walk like that, but it dint work. Now I am worried about what to do....





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    My son is turning 5 in March, and is still toe-walking. It's gotten better, but still he puts more weight on the balls of his feet than his heels. Anyway, I took him to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who prescribed a brace and said I should have done it two years ago. I reco starting now since the docs aim to get this taken care off before kindergarten. The brace is covered by insurance and custom built for your child's comfort.

    hi my son his 13 and he walked on his tiptoes has soon has he could walk at 10months old he had an operation when he was 10years old for tight tendons but 3years on hes walks out toeing hes very stiff he can only walk slow and hes in pain most days he has slight knock knees he struggles to walk and run has any one else had this operation done for toe walking





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    I am an adult woman who used to be a tip toe walker. I walked like this until I outgrew it around age 10. Nothing was ever done to remedy it, and I didn't even realize that I was 'abnormal' until I was in my early 20's. I was in to see a doc for something unrelated, and was laying on the examining table on my back with my feet flat on the table, rather than toes pointing up. He told me that this was 'not normal', but after an exam, he chalked it up to a 'short tendon' and told me that it would not cause any problems. I am now 44, and have not had any issues other than having enormous calves (17" - 18"), and being unable to squat flatfooted. This does cause issues with weight training, as I am unable to perform certain styles of squats or some of the Olympic style lifts as my balance is compromised.





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    My 6 year old son has autism. He has always walked with a normal heel-toe gait. However he has on the very odd occasion about twice in his lifetime suddenly started toe walking. Once on both feet and once on one foot. He came down with flu on Xmas day, had fever and all other flu symptom. Then when he woke on sat 29th dec he was unable to walk properly. High on both tiptoes. Saying legs hurt. Knees hurt. Very upset all day. Crawled at one point. We put it down to flu aches and pains and autistic trait due to a "sensory day". It's now 1st jan and its improved but not gone and seems to worsen at times. He is really struggling. I don't believe it has anything to do with his autism. It's too sudden and not common for my son. After looking online I found info about benign acute childhood myosotis which was very interesting. Could this be a possibility?





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    Your exact conditions appeared on my 4 year old boy. Same time, same flu symptoms and same suddenness. He crawled out of his bed today and has had similar conditions in the last 2 days. He's been diagnosed with a mild autism. The only difference is he's been tippy toeing for quite a while. Please share anything that helps. I will schedule a Doctor's appointment and will follow up. Casting of his feet has been suggested to help with the tippy toeing.

    Following on from my previous comment on 1/1/13. We ended up phoning NHS direct at 1am on 2/1/13 as my son's issue with his left leg worsed. He could not move, sit, stand or walk and was in a lot of pain. They advised us to go to out of hours GP. To cut long story short they were worried that he may have an infection in hip joint which would mean emergency surgery. Had Xrays and blood tests which were all clear. Had ultrasound which showed fluid on his hip. Alarm bells! Then had MRI scan under general anasthetic to see where fluid coming from and rule out infection. Lots of investigation from bone specialists etc, the outcome was this. He had 'benign reactive arthritis' which was brought on by his flu virus. Google it. It's quite common. A temporary thing that rights itself after a period of time. All to do with immune system. My son has fully recovered and is walking fine. Going for check up in few weeks. Hope this helps. Kelly.

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    I'm an adult and I've walked on my toes my whole life. I usually prefer to wear heels or to go shoeless. As a kid my friends sometimes took the mick and said I walk like a duck! But it never really bothered me, it's just the way I walk. When I wear flats, after about an hour or so my feet start to hurt, and I get cramps so I just walk on my tiptoes. I haven't had any other issues with walking or anything, in fact I've always been very good at running and other sports. I've been quite surprised to hear that people have had to have operations!





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    I'm 14 and I walk on my tiptoes to, I used to bounce while walking and people used to laugh at me about it but even though i still walk on my tiptoes I have learnt to control the bouncing, just try not to push off your toes while walking and it'll become more natural to walk without bouncing.

    My daughter is 6 and she has walked on her tip toes for as long as I can remember. She has had the serial casting to stretch the achilles and physical therapy also. After the casting her feet were both down and she could walk normal. But now she is right back up on her toes. But she can put them down and walk normal when you remind her. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can retrain her to walk normal all the time?





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    i'm 11 and i prefer to walk on my toes than the normal way but when i wear shoes i walk normally. What shall i do?





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    i'm 13 years old and i tiptoe walk. i've been doing it since i could walk and it hurts the balls of my feet when i jump. i get foot pain quite often and i feel the only way out is surgery, someone help?





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    i am 13 years old and have achilies tendonitis and sort of still walk on my tiptoes. it hurts when i walk with flat feet, so what should i do? the doctor keeps saying it will get better, but it has been going on for more than 6 months. please can i have some advise...





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    my 8 year old girl walks on her tip toes and finds it quite painful to walk heel to toe,should i see a docter, or just keep correcting her to walk flat on her feet.





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    definatley see your doctor my 14yr old son had his heel cords lengthened last year to stop him toe walking great sucess sorry i didnt have it done when he was younger

    I am 32 and i still walk like this, it feels more natural to me and i end up with leg cramps when trying to walk flat. I am otherwise fit and well.





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    I'm 13 and i've walked on my tip toes all my life. I can't do running at school because people bully me and say horrible things. I walk normal when i'm wearing heels but not in flat shoes or bare foot. My toes are curled and it's painful when i try to walk normally. I went to a doctor but everytime i get excersises to do i can't stick to them and the one's my specialist gave me to do are painful. I have had my legs in plaster casts i don't know how many times and it only helped me walk normal for a few days. i am looking towards an operation when i'm 16 and stopped growing. i feel for everyone else who walks on their tiptoes because i know what it's like. :-(





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    i do i'm 14 and i really want to get it sorted out i when ever i'm out i always think people are looking at me, but i think i may go and see a doctor.

    Megan - another story from a 13 year old (like Lisa above) and your story is similar to my daughter's (Rebecca, who's 12). She's trying to do exercises every night at the moment - but that's causing a lot of pain as she walks around school every day - especially in the afternoons, so that she comes home crying in pain and I (as her mum) can hardly bear it. She's never had plaster casts and has also been told about an operation but I hear it's pretty risky and will mean that you can't run later in life (I don't know whether that means not running at all or just not running in big races or something similar). I'm wary of any operations but my daughter's really losing the will to do her exercises due to the pain she's in and is worried that she'll be tiptoeing for ever. Good luck. And I think my daughter knows how you feel so I'll get her to read some of these comments so she feels she's not alone!

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