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Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Not necessarily: Some kids are toe walkers by choice. They do it for a while and then they stop. Kids with CP tend to be toewalkers more than autistic kids. This is not to say that autistic may not be toe walkers. To answer your question, just being a toe walker does not mean that your kid is autistic. ...Read more

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Is toe walking a sign of autism?

Is toe walking a sign of autism?

No: Many children toe walk and are fine. Many autistic children also toe walk but toe walking alone is not a sign of autism. ...Read more

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What causes children to walk on their tip-toes. Is that a sign of autism?

What causes children to walk on their tip-toes. Is that a sign of autism?

Toe-walking that: Persists > 3 months after a tot's first 10 independent steps is atypical. Drops in blood flow & oxygen, especially in late 2nd trimester can cause " tight heel cords", very mild cerebral palsy, more common in preemies. MRI & microscopic post-mortem studies of brains of people with ASD show abnormalities in areas that control motor planning & in axons that transmit signals. Other causes exist. ...Read more

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Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Not necessarly: Walking on tip toes could be due to a brain condition like cerebral palsy, local condition like short achilles' tendon, muscle problem etc. Best would be to have your child evaluated by an experienced pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Toe walking?

What is the definition or description of: Toe walking?

Toe walking: Usually begins in child hood. Early heel off or barely stepping on heel during beginning of gait cycle. Can be attributed to many factors from structural to neurological. Should be evaluated by a professional to determine cause and subsequent treatment.
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Could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

Could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

They could try: Stretching and proprioceptive training with heel lifts would be a way to try and help. ...Read more

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Can toe-walking acquired by an adult be cancerous tumor?

Can toe-walking acquired by an adult be cancerous tumor?

It could be related: Toe walking could be a result of a tumor putting pressure on the nerves or brain area that control the muscles of the foot. Consult your doctor for appropriate work-up. ...Read more

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How come certain mental disorders have toe walking as a symptom?

How come certain mental disorders have toe walking as a symptom?

Good question: Neurological toe walking can be caused by spasticity. Many upper motor neuron lesions can cause this hypertonic condition in various muscle groups including the gastrocsoleus which forms the achilles tendon. As this becomes contracted this causes the ankle to flex...Plantar flex...Which causes toe walking. ...Read more

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Is toe walking bad for you?

Is toe walking bad for you?

Depends: There are plenty of toe walkers in this world with no issues, but with some you can have a contracted or short achilles tendon. This can cause other pathology. Bottom line, if there is no pain, I would not worry so much. In a child, heel lifts in the shoes can help train the child to eliminate the condition. (if in a child - a consultation with podiatrist is recommended.). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat toe-walking?

What can I do to treat toe-walking?

Toe walking: A thorough and careful examination would be needed to determine the cause but most toe waking can be addressed with serial casting. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from toe-walking?

See a doctor: At your age this could be some type of a neurological problem. Please have it checked out. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be concerned about my habitual toe-walking?

Do you think I should be concerned about my habitual toe-walking?

Toe walking: Is it a habit or is there a reason? Questions need to answered as to why you are doing this. See your podiatrist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Tip toe walking due to prematurity?

Tip toe walking due to prematurity?

Not necessarily: Toe walkers can be premature babies but can be a simple genetically tight achilles. ...Read more

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Toe walking in 3 year old. What is it?

Toe walking in 3 year old. What is it?

? tight achilles: Toe walking can be "voluntary" or due to tight gastrocs/achilles. By age 3 it should be evaluated (pediatric orthopaedic surgeon). May easily grow out of it still, but casting, pt or sometimes surgery may be in order. ...Read more

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My 8 years old brother is always toe walking. Will he outgrow it?

My 8 years old brother is always toe walking. Will he outgrow it?

See a specialist: A thorough evaluation is needed to determine why a child may be toe walking before consideration of treatment options. This includes the timeframe that the child has been walking like this, milestones, life stressors and congenital and neurological disorders that may be present. Conservative care includes physical therapy, serial casting and monitoring. If this fails, surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Docs, could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

Docs, could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

Depends...: First off, how old is the patient. A gait analysis needs to be done as well as an exam to find out why that is occurring It could be bone related or short tendons. There are many well qualified Podiatrists in the Chicagoland area. Spent 16 years in the area. I am sure there is one near you. ...Read more

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My wife Julie has extreme shaking from head to toe. Walking down stairs is impossible. It went away for 3 days but now it's back. Can we know why pls?

My wife Julie has extreme shaking from head to toe. Walking down stairs is impossible. It went away for 3 days but now it's back. Can we know why pls?

This is a simple?: Although I suspect the answer will not be simple. Take her to the hospital now. She needs to be evaluated by a neurologist. Your earlier question which I also answered about numbness tingling and loss of strength in the arm in the context of what you describe is worrisome for MS or a stroke. You live in a region with increased risk of MS. She has a neurological problem, this needs prompt attention ...Read more

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How do I get my child to stop tip toe walking?

Depends on age: Toe walking is normal in toddlers learning to walk & quickly disappears. Toe walking persisting longer or associated with physical findings should be investigated. Autism & CP are two most common serious reasons. Habituation is a common benign reason. Toe walking per se is not dangerous, it's cause needs elucidation. ...Read more

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What can happen if tip-toe walking is ignored and left untreated in an otherwise healthy child?

Gait changes: This is generally a transient gait pattern in otherwise normal and healthy children. Sometimes, this even manifests itself because a new sibling has come along. This will generally resolve with time. However, if it become habitual and if ignored entirely the most likely occurrence is continued and habitual abnormality of the gait with a tightened (contracted) achilles tendon. ...Read more

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My 9yr old son is still tip toe walking. Has tried wearing brace in shoes but he seems to go back after several months. What else can we do?

My 9yr old son is still tip toe walking. Has tried wearing brace in shoes but he seems to go back after several months. What else can we do?

Not a problem: It is very common for children of this age to continue to walk on their toes without any problem. A good physical exam from a foot and ankle specialist will let you know if there are any bone or tendon abnormalities contributing to this. Many children have a tight calf muscle and feel more comfortable walking on their toes but have no other medical problems that need to be treated. ...Read more

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4 year old toe walkin. Does not understand what's being told to her. Nonverbal. Autism?? She's doesn't have any schedule she needs to follow

4 year old toe walkin. Does not understand what's being told to her. Nonverbal. Autism?? She's doesn't have any schedule she needs to follow

It happens: Toe walking happens in normal kids and usually fades by 2 but some do at at 4 but these kids usually have tight heal cords. It is not a specific feature of autism.Not understanding what she's told and not speaking are worrisome, but more detailed workup would be needeed to apply a reasonalble label. She could simply be deaf. ...Read more

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My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with toys. Is this a sign of autism?

My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with toys. Is this a sign of autism?

Not Enough Informati: We can not tell you if his not talking much at age of 2 years and tapping his chin with toys is a sign of autism.I will suggest you get him evaluated by his pediatrician and discuss your concerns with Him/Her as the baby has to be evaluated for normal growth and development assessment to be able to answer your concern
To me these two signs do not by itself suggest autistic pattern. Get him checked ...Read more

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At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes. .. I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes. .. I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

It could be a sign: Of a problem but does not have to be. Some kids are idiopathic toe walkers. Are there any other signs of developmental delay? Try putting heel lifts in the shoes, but would recommend a neurology consult. (pediatric neurologist). ...Read more

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11 month baby, doesn't crawl properly. Keeps eye contact. Does not want to walk. Seems to be unhappy most of days. Sometimes clinches fists. Autism?

11 month baby, doesn't crawl properly. Keeps eye contact. Does not want to walk. Seems to be unhappy most of days. Sometimes clinches fists. Autism?

DiscussWithPediatric: You do not diagnose Autism this way. Even though there is delay in milestone as far as crawling is concerned as most babies learn to crawl between 7 and 10 months age. But some babies are late and it is not a sign of autism. Discuss your concern with baby's Pediatrician at next well baby visit at 12 months age ...Read more

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I want to know if my daughter has autism she's almost 2 and she didn't talk well can't walk well didn't make eye contact when talked to?

I want to know if my daughter has autism she's almost 2 and she didn't talk well can't walk well didn't make eye contact when talked to?

Seek medical help: You should take your daughter in for an exam with her physician and discuss your concerns. There are some developmental screening exams that are age specific that can be done that are very effective when screening for autism. And at that time your can determine if further evaluation or work up is needed. ...Read more

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15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand. She's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking. Could it be autism?

15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand. She's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking. Could it be autism?

Gross motor delays &: Involuntary posturing may be signs of Cerebral Palsy or genetic neuromuscular diseases like congenital myopathies & mitochondrial diseases, not Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Upper limits of normal for walking = 16 mos. If her muscle tone/strength & deep tendon reflexes are abnormal & she has fine &/or gross motor delays on screening (firstsigns. Org), she needs to see a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

Not at all: In fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more