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Home Remedies For Toe Walking
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
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
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
About 2-3 y/o: Until age 2-3 y/oGet a more detailed answer ›
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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