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By Clark Podiatry Center
September 08, 2016
Tags: toe walking  

If you have a young child or are around babies just learning to walk, you may notice that they walk on their tiptoes. At first it might look cute, but then you may wonder if that is normal. Well, most likely, yes – it is normal. Most toddlers learn to walk and begin with a habit of toe walking that can continue into young childhood. Beyond the age of 5 or 6, it may be a sign of something other than habit. However, as long as they are growing and developing normally otherwise, toe walking should not be of concern.

When should I bring my child to a doctor?

Before panicking that your child has developmental issues, try to assess the reasons why your child might be toe walking. Keep in mind that it could be habitual and your child can outgrow it. Next, check if your child has appropriate footwear. If his or her shoes are causing pain in some way, your child might be toe walking in order to adjust for this pain. Another thing to look for is whether or not they can stand with their feet flat on the floor. A short Achilles tendon can cause tightness in the back of the heel and ankle, preventing the heel from touching the floor.

If your child cannot stand with their feet flat on the ground or flex their feet, you should bring your child to a podiatrist. You should also bring your child to a doctor if he or she walks on their toes most of the time, falls or trips a lot, complains of pain, or has a delay in other development (fine motor skills or speech delay).

The abovementioned symptoms may be caused by a more complex issue, such as:

  • A short Achilles tendon

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Autism

You can find more information about these causes on the Mayo Clinic Website.

In order to properly evaluate and treat the issue, you should make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. As a foot doctor that focuses on children’s foot issues, he will properly diagnose and provide treatment for your child’s podiatric needs at our office in Clark, NJ. He will assess whether or not there is a more complicated issue such as a physical or mental developmental problem in order to keep you and your family walking.

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