Toe-walking is common in toddlers, and typically children outgrow it. Our physicians are here to help evaluate your toe-walker, and decide if it is time to take a closer look.
Toe-walking is a condition when a child walks on the balls of his or her feet, without their heels making contact with the ground. This looks similar to standing on your “tiptoes.” While this habit is quite normal for those learning to walk, children who show signs of the condition beyond the age of three may need further treatment. Early diagnosis is key, as toe-walking beyond toddler age could be an indicator of other underlying neuromuscular problems.
Our orthopedic specialists are here to provide your child with a complete assessment that help determine why they walk the way they do and if there is any reason for concern. They will start with a physical exam that will assess the child’s gait, muscle tone and range of motion.
Most often, children will stop toe-walking on their own without any need for additional intervention. Sometimes kids walk on their toes simply because it is their preference of walking style. When no known medical reason for toe-walking is identified and is considered to be more behavioral, that is called idiopathic toe walking.
If our team identifies any issues with your child’s gait and treatment is necessary, a child may undergo physical therapy, bracing, splinting, serial casting or surgery.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
The staff are always awesome, kind, caring, friendly, they listen to your concerns, and most of all professional. We travel 10 hours from South Dakota and always feel welcome at her appointments.