Toe walking is a condition where a child doesn’t weight bear on the heel of their foot – walking on ‘tip toes’. It is very common condition amongst children under 3 as they are learning to walk.
Sometimes there can be an underlying reason for why your child is toe-walking, this can be investigated by a podiatrist and can help to rule out any cause for concern.
Common causes toe walking are habitual/idiopathic, autism, severs (heel pain), cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and global developmental delay.
Problems that may develop due to toe walking
> Heel bone narrows and foot posture changes
> Child is unstable and falls over more frequently
> Increased frequency of injury
> Knee instability
> Lower back pain
> Shortening of the calf muscle
> Postural concerns
> Difficulty adapting to wearing footwear