What Is Toe Walking?
As you would expect, toe walking is when your child walks on their toes or on the balls of their feet placing little to no pressure on the heel. It is a fairly common condition when your children are just learning to walk and many outgrow toe walking as they mature and learn to walk properly.
If your child is still toe walking at 6 years old, it is best to consult with our podiatrists as it may be an underlying symptom of cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Toe walking past this age has also been linked to a possibility of autism.
Causes of Toe Walking
Toe walking is usually caused by a short Achilles tendon or a spastic muscle, and symptoms often include stiff muscles, un-coordination, a waddling gait and the slow development of fine and gross motor skills. Toe walking can also be habitual, the cause of which is unknown.
Toe Walking Treatment
Treatment options are usually limited at first and a watch and see approach is undertaken to see if the problem is simply outgrown. If this is not the case then casting or braces can be used to stretch the tendons and force correct posture/walking. Botox therapy can also be a possibility which helps to reduce the opposition from other muscles and surgery to lengthen the tendons can also be used in severe cases.
If you are concerned about your child suffering from toe walking, let us put your mind at ease. At Bankstown Podiatry Clinic, our team of experienced podiatrist can help with a range of conditions.