What Is Toe Walking?
As toddlers learn to walk, toe walking is quite common, especially in two year olds. This tendency tends to go away by age 3, but can last longer in some kids. Parent do not need to worry about occasional toe walking, however, children who walk on their toes almost all the time and continue this behavior after age 3 should see a podiatrist. Continuous toe walking in older children or only toe walking on one leg might indicate other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscle weakness or nervous system disorders.
How Is Toe Walking Treated?
Children who spend a lot of time on their toes can develop tightness and pain in their calf muscles and Achilles tendon. The podiatrists at Ryan Foot and Ankle Clinic may recommend stretches and possibly Physical Therapy after examining your child. In cases of persistent toe-walking in 4 and 5 year olds, the doctor may prescribe casting of the foot and ankle for several months to help stretch the child’s calf muscle.
If you have a child with toe walking issues, give us a call at one of our 5 local podiatry offices in Charlotte, Concord and Harrisburg today for more information or to schedule an appointment.