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    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. Read more →

    My daughter has just turned two. She has been walking for approximately a year correctly and confidently but for the past week or so she has started walking on her toes. She does this all the time now. She fractured her lower leg in August 2011 and I was concerned that the toe walking could be as a result of this. I have tried to encourage her to flatten her foot when walking but this has not helped. Can you offer any advice to stop her doing this as I dont want her to suffer any lasting damage and would like this corected ASAP. Thank you.





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    It can never hurt to have a chat with your GP about your concerns so that you can both keep an eye on it or start correction methods if needed now, the younger its corrected the better chance of doing it in a non evasive manner.

    My son is four years old and has been walking on his tip toes on and off since he began walking, he falls over easily especially when running. I was just hoping he would grow out of it, but people are beginning to notice it more now. It fustrates me that he walks like this, should i go to the GP, I'm worried its a serious problem





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    my daughter is 19 months old and walks on her tiptoes but recently shes started curling her toes underneath whilst walking im really worried as my partner walked on his toes and recently had an amputation so im wondering if our daughter is the same im also worried that its not hurting her at all really dont no what to do please help me! x





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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.

    Id suggest speaking to the school nurse and seeing what she suggests because thats who picked up my daughters walking up on tip toes but i didnt think it was a problem but have since been referred to physiotherapy and she is waiting for casts to be fitted to try and correct the problem.

    my boy is 4 years old took him to the doctors about the walking on tip toes? she said she would refer him to the hospital, got a phone call of the docs today, to go see another doctor they are not refering him now he thinks its just habit! i however think diferent i think theirs a problem not sure what to do next? one doc thought their was tightness one doc thinks its just habit, im very concerned





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    my son (age 2) has been diagnosed with bilateral tight tendo-achilles. Is there something you can do about it. He is currently walking on his toes and tired all the time after a short walk. He is currently having therapy to improve core stability. We are still waiting for him to be referred to a specialist and just wondering what kind of treatment there will be to get this rectified. We are worried as he will be attending reception/ pre-school soon and don't want him to miss out.





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    I was diagnosed at birth with bad legs which causes my toes to point in when I walk. My problem comes through my back, but mostly my hips & knees, 25years later I've never had any treatment although I do spend alot of my life in pain. I have recently noticed that my two year old duaghter is a bit "pigeon toed" when she's walking & running around. Should I be concerned that she could have a similar problem?





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    hi, my son is 3 and walks on his toes constantly he can walk on his flat feet but like i said 90% of the time he is on the tip of his toes literally! should i be worried or is there anything i can do?





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    After watching the programme, it really raised our worries, our 2 year old daughter has had what we pressumed was a birth defect, her bum line went round her right bum cheeck rather than just finishing between them both. This gives her one cheeck bigger than the other. Her walking is not too great, she tends to hobble when she runs and has been walking for nearly a year. Does this sound to anyone who has experienced this to be DDH?





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    hi deborah i would certainly go and get it checked by a doctor my daughter was diagnosed at 17 months and is still undergoing treatment. we first noticed when she started walking with severe limp and one bum check slightly larger than than the other. they surgessted at first it was just a diffrence in leg lengh but eventually after pestering got seen by an othapedic surgen and recived the diagnosis of ddh if you have any worries i would certainly go and get it check hope this helps laura

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    im 24 been walking on tip toes my whole life and this year i found i cant wear flat shoes as walking 5 mins in flats im in agony then hips start hurting and now my left knee keeps locking up :( got to go pysio soon but the doctors said if i have been walking on tip toes for 24 years theres not alot they can do so might have to consider other options. my advice is if your children walk on tip toes dont let them carry on as its easier to fix when there younger.(if doc says there grow out of it get a second opinion) x





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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?

    My daughter is now 17 months and she had her right toes turning inside since she was born. she started walking when she was 9.5 months old and so far its not causing her any problems when she walks. what worries me is that it will start showing more when she gets older, is there anything i can do to help her toes going straight? also i cannot put any sandals on her feet as her toes on her right foot goes out and she doesnt walk very comfortable. what kind of shoes she should wear and should she wear her shoes all day? does walking on sand or something unsteady helps too?





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    I have just returned from seeing physio about my 5 year old's daughter's feet. She gave me some exercises. She said there is nothing I can do to make her stop walking on toes except reminding her. It is a habit and will change according to her moods and anxiety. She will only stop when she chooses to. What I need to do is do exercises to loosen her mussels and tendons. That is problem that needs to be dealt with. I do not want her to have walking/health problems when she is older. The physio did say in extreme cases there is an operation but again that is to do with the tight tendons, not to stop her from walking on her toes.





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    My 5 yr old daughter has this same problem,habitual toe walking and has just come out of casts , she had them on for 6 weeks in total, with them being changed every two weeks. The idea is to stretch the tendons. Am very pleased to say she got them off on wednesday and she is walking normal, it is just a habit, but a habit that needs worked with, hence the stretch casts on both feet, I don't feel that physio was enough to cure this issue with my daughter, neither was just reminding her. Glad this worked because the next step was surgery, which I didn't want.

    my grandaughter is 19 months old and was tip toe walking well she waent even walking she had serial casting on both feet for 6 weeks and had them off 6 days ago, her feet are completly flat now, but she is finding it hard to walk on the feet, i am wondering how long it will take before her feet feel normal she has very sensitive toes and doesent like socks on her at all, she had a habit of walking on her knees before she had the cast on and now she is back to walking on her knees and when she had the cast on her was walking perfectly,





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    I am 13 years old and still walk on my tip toes and everyone is like why are you walking on your tip toes I just cant help it any advise?





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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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    School can be a horrible place when you feel people are talking or laughing at you. I hope you manage to get things sorted - if you don't - learn to accept that walking on tip toes is really NO BIG deal unless you make it one x Some times you have to just get on with living and enjoying life whatever problems you have to deal with... be it tip toe walking or having a greasy hair and spots that last a life time... Don't let other kids who have no idea of how you feel or even know you stop you from going to school. My little boy walks on tip toe he is five - I can see now that he might feel like you one day - I'm going to try and make him happy in his own skin and strong enough to deal with it ( and the stupid fools who will probably tease him as well ). There is always some one worse off than you at least you have toes and legs and can walk! Stop feeling sorry for your self..it is only tip toe walking after all - if you smile and get on with it, ignore the whispers and stares of people who mean nothing to you, I am sure you will feel happier x Good luck x

    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

    i walk on my tip toes, and want to stop if people remind me i can walk flat but as soon as i forget i go back to walking on tip toes i try to do the foot excersises but ofen forget





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    I have a son whose 11 years old and hes been walking on his tip toes all his life,it just so happen that I have mention this to a friend and her 4 year old son used to do it as well.She have suggested for me to see our GP about it and a referral to ortho doctor was made.My son had series of stretching exercises to lengthen his achilles tendon,which didnt resolve his tiptoe walking .My son had seen podiatrist as well along the way who gave him insoles for his shoes.Last Friday,we had an appointment to see the ortho doctor and said that the next plan is to put casts on my son for 6 weeks as the exercise hadnt done much, and my son doesnt religiously do what he needed to do.So fingers crossed, if this casts will not improve his way of walking, he will need to have this surgery in the future.

    Hi My son has been walking on his tip toes since he was a baby. He was diagmosed with mild cerebral palsy when he was 4.He has had plaster casts for 4 weeks and wears splints to bed at night. he can go on flat feet but his brain is telling him to go on tip toes. He can swim, play football and ride a bike. it may be worth your while asking your doctor to check for CP.If it is CP you can go to Charity Scope to talk to somebody about it and also your physio should be able to help. If you are unhappy with the treatment your getting, complain and get your child the best attention they deserve. I am happy to help xx





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    hi can you please tell me more as my son has been tip toe from the age 12mths and he is now 9.5 years old. gone to the doctors so many times and all they say is he will grow out of it. But he has not went to one foot place and they said that he walks with his feet pointing in and we get thought so many shoes in 1 year 5-6 pairs please help as we dont know who to see about this very upset daddy and mummy he has had insoles but they not worked and or loc hospital still has not got back to us with anythink after 1 year ago

    Hi steven I am assuming that the doctor /physio would have checked the tightness in your childs legs. you could mention to the doctor if the possibility of Cerebral Palsy has been ruled out? does your child realise he is on tip toes? You need to call the doctor about the insoles immeditatley. Our child stopped wearing his splints and i called the hospital directly that had been dealing with it. If the doctors think he will grow out of it, then is could be a habit. if he has been on his tiptoes for that long i would think that his muscels need stretching. very best of luck and let me know how you get on x

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    hello my 8 year old sister has been walking on her tip toes since she started to walk an she still does it now what can my mum do xx





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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.

    i really need help with my 19 month old daughter who is walking with her toes curled underneath her foot what should i do?





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    I walk on my tip-toes when walking up hills but dont notice that i am doing this, Why is it happening





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    hi when i walk up hill i tip toe and lean slightly foward and when i walk down hill i lean back....If we stoof at the same angle as the hill either up or down then we would use certain muscles inaffectivly and either pulling or Straining would happen or Falling. I hope this helps.

    I'm 14 and have walked on my tiptoes all my life. If your child does this it's best to get it sorted while they are young. I hate walking on my toes, people laugh and whisper, P.E is an embarrassment, can't wear flat shoes etc. I had plaster paris on every school holiday to stretch my tendons but it only worked for about a week, I was given excersises by my doctor but they didn't help and now I'm looking towards an operation in both legs when I'm 16 and stopped growing however in this week off school my right foot has gotten worse and has gone right up onto my toes, I can't even walk right in heels on that foot. I am thinking about having the op sooner and I think I have stopped growing but if I haven't I will go up on my toes again. Having this op will means I will be on crutches for 6 weeks after wards and I refuse to go to school as I don't want to be a laughing stock. So yeah, please don't let your kids end up like me:/





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    School can be a horrible place when you feel people are talking or laughing at you. I hope you manage to get things sorted - if you don't - learn to accept that walking on tip toes is really NO BIG deal unless you make it one x Some times you have to just get on with living and enjoying life whatever problems you have to deal with... be it tip toe walking or having a greasy hair and spots that last a life time... Don't let other kids who have no idea of how you feel or even know you stop you from going to school. My little boy walks on tip toe he is five - I can see now that he might feel like you one day - I'm going to try and make him happy in his own skin and strong enough to deal with it ( and the stupid fools who will probably tease him as well ). There is always some one worse off than you at least you have toes and legs and can walk! Stop feeling sorry for your self..it is only tip toe walking after all - if you smile and get on with it, ignore the whispers and stares of people who mean nothing to you, I am sure you will feel happier x Good luck x

    Hi my 4 year old son keeps walking on his tip toes only when he has no shoes on? He also has an obsession with touching corners of things all the time. Would really like some advice. Thanks





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    My son has just turned 6. He has always walked on his toes. He also has speech and language therapy at school and is under a peadiatric consultant. He has had Physio for a few years now and recently had an intense course of Physio. He has no core strength because of his tip toe walking so when he walks properly he falls over quite often. His last Physio session was about 2wks ago but we've hit a brick wall because although the exercises worked a little he still has tight muscles etc. I've asked about having his legs in casts to see if this will help. The Physio woman is fantastic, she's going to write to the consultant and see what he wants to do. I've tried all kinds of boots on him but he always finds a way to get on his toes. I will keep you updated on his progress.





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    My son is 7 yrs old and he has the issue of toe walking. Initially he had all his activities on time except walking and after a physio treatment for almost 3+ yrs he started walking, but it's toe walking. Is there any way we cure as the improvement on physio also stopped after a certain stage.





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