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Doctor insights on: Toe Walking Baby Autism Regression

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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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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...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 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?

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?

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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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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Walking (Definition)

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


Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Toe Walking (Definition)

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. Look up ...Read more