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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 26, 2015
Tags: toe walking  

Are they in pain? Is something wrong with their feet? Will they toe walk when they are adults?

If you are asking yourself these questions, don’t worry. Toe walking, also known as equinus gait is normal in the early childhood phase. Children, both boys and girls, walk on their toes when they learn to walk and move around the room. The first step to check what is causing this problem is to make sure that your child is wearing the correct size and type of shoes and whether they are comfortable and appropriate. While many children grow out of toe walking by the age of 5, it can become a habit and continue in some kids. When children walk on their toes, this causes stiff muscles to develop in the legs and restricts movement in the ankle. Early intervention plays a big part in preventing problems in children who toe walk.

So, how do you know if it’s merely a part of the growth process or a more serious problem?

Symptoms

  • Your child walks on his/her toes most of the time
  • Your child seems clumsy/out of balance
  • Your child falls or trips easily
  • Your child seems to bend without ease or flexibility
  • Your child’s fine motor skills show a delay (utensils, zippering, buttoning)
  • Your child toe walks and has a speech or language delay

Causes

Neuromuscular

  • Cerebral Palsy or Muscular Dystrophy
  • Leg lengths are different
  • Spinal Cord Abnormality
  • Autism

Physical / Other

  • Idiopathic toe walking - unknown cause meaning that your child is walking on toes out of habit
  • Short Achilles Tendon

Diagnosis

  • Examination and evaluation to check whether it is physical or mental problem.
  • An assessment of your child's brain function and motor development

Treatment

Physical Condition                                                             

  • Stretching exercises                                                  
  • Physical therapy                                                                    
  • Botox injections/Surgery                                                  
  • Special footwear (Orthotics)

Mental Condition

  • Development Assessment
  • Therapy

If your child or a child you know or care for is experiencing any of the above symptoms, visit Dr. Brandon Macy without delay. Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist who focuses on children’s foot problems. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon Macy and his delightful staff treat a wide range of foot and ankle services at their office located in Clark, New Jersey. Call us now at (732) 382-3470 to schedule your appointment or to have an online consultation with Dr. Brandon Macy via virtual appointment.

 

 

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