Toe Walking is a common occurrence in children especially before the age of two. After the age of two, however, a child should not be walking on their toes constantly. Causes can include a mild sensory issue, shortened tendons, mild cerebral palsy, or has been shown to be an indicator of autism. It is more common in children if the parent also had this symptom. If your child is older than two years and is presenting with tip toe walking, contact your doctor to help determine the root cause.
Many treatments exist to correct this issue including splinting, casting, and physical therapy. In physical therapy, the muscles that control the toe walking will be stretched manually to gain proper form then be strengthened to correct foot alignment while walking. This is generally one of the first steps taken. Talk to your doctor to see if physical therapy is appropriate for your child.
We treat children with toe walking in the 34711 area!