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Is it okay that my child walks on his toes all the time?

Is it okay that my child walks on his toes all the time?

Depends on age: Toe walking is seen ocassionally in normal kids and will usually disappear by 3-5yr. The cause for most is unknown. Some will need work with a physical therapist to stretch the calf muscle and tendon & the stretches can also be done by parents at home. I would discuss the issue with your childs doctor and decide after an exam if other work up is needed. ...Read more

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Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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What would cause my child to consistently tiptoe or walk on his toes?

What would cause my child to consistently tiptoe or walk on his toes?

Age: Depending on age it could be normal. There are social factors, too, that can play a role, such as the birth of a new sibling. If you aren't sure or if there is a complex medical history, see a foot and ankle specialist with interest in pediatric conditions. ...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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When a child has tight heel cords & toe walks, how old is "too old" for serial casting to be effectv?

When a child has tight heel cords & toe walks, how old is "too old" for serial casting to be effectv?

Usually < 2years old: Tight heel cords can cause toe walking. However, a condition called tethered cord, where the spinal cord is attached to the base of the spine and stretches the spinal cord can result in later toe walking and decreased reflexes in older child. Mri to rule out tethered cord is important before serial casting or other treatment is undertaken. Tethered cord requires neurosurgery to the cord. ...Read more

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Can a child develop a pigeon-toed walk at age 2? My son waks with a foot turned in. There is history on both sides of my family. Is pigeon-toe serious?

Can a child develop a pigeon-toed walk at age 2? My son waks with a foot turned in. There is history on both sides of my family. Is pigeon-toe serious?

Toe-in walking: Most toddlers will toe in during early walking. Most of this originates from the hip & the physical changes begin to draws the forefoot outward as the kid ages. This can be slowed by kids who sleep with their feet curled up under themselves or by w sitting ( on the inside of the ankles).U can convert a curling sleeper to straight leg by sleeping them in jeans slowly stitched from crotch down. ...Read more

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4 yo walks with toes pointed out. More pronounced at times. Sits in "w" position which we discourage. Will he grow out of out-toeing?

4 yo walks with toes pointed out. More pronounced at times. Sits in "w" position which we discourage. Will he grow out of out-toeing?

Not to worry: "Children with in-toeing or out-toeing go on to have no limitations in their activities, from simple outdoor games to competitive sports. Therefore, although rotational problems may present some early challenges for children and parents alike, parents can expect their child to live a normal, active, and healthy life". Pl see attached link ...Read more

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4 yo walks with toes pointed out. More pronounced at times. Sits in "w" position which we discourage. Will he grow out of out-toeing? Could it be CP?

4 yo walks with toes pointed out. More pronounced at times. Sits in "w" position which we discourage. Will he grow out of out-toeing? Could it be CP?

See below: My advice is to see Pediatrician and then Podiatrist. If any neurological cause is suspected, then you will be referred to Neurologist. Sitting in a "W" position actually promotes in-toe( toes pointing inward) by internally rotating hips. The back, hips, knees, lower legs and feet should be examined. This often identifies any abnormalities. ...Read more

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I broke my fibula, had surgery, and over time i was able to do toe touch walking with the crutches. How long until i can walk again?

I broke my fibula, had surgery, and over time i was able to do toe touch walking with the crutches. How long until i can walk again?

Talk to your surgeon: Best to discuss this with your surgeon since he/she is the only person that knows the extent of the injury and how it was put back together. ...Read more

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My 16 month son walks tip toe till now, he has been going through physiotherapy since some time , just wanted to know is there something wrong .

My 16 month son walks tip toe till now, he has been going through physiotherapy since some time , just wanted to know is there something wrong .

Yes : Assuming x-rays reveal no bony abnormality, he may have very tight achilles tendons. Physical therapy can do so much. If he can stand flat on his feet with heels on the floor with out any problems, then he may need casting or braces the will prevent him from walking on his toes. If he can not bring his heels to the floor then he needs tendon lengthening. ...Read more

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Every time i go 4 a walk as exercise my toes go numb what would cause this ? Shoes are not the problem

Every time i go 4 a walk as exercise my toes go numb what would cause this ? Shoes are not the problem

Foot vs. back: Enlarged nerves in between the metatarsal bones (morton's neuroma)can cause the type of symptoms u r experiencing. Radiculopathy from either central disc or spinal stenosis can cause it as well. Get evaluated by a neurologist or and orthopedic surgeon is a good start see. ...Read more