What is Toe Walking?
Toe Walking is just when a child walks primarily on their toes without putting weight on their heels or other parts of the foot.
What Causes Toe Walking?
Toe walking can be caused by muscle tightness and or weakness or it could be a balance and coordination issue.
Why is Toe Walking an Issue?
If a child over the age of two is up on their toes for more than 50% of the day, they could start to develop some problems with their feet, ankles, knees, or their back. It can also create more weakness in their tummy and hip muscles, which could lead to other orthopedic issues in the future.
What Should You Do if You Notice Excessive Toe Walking?
The best thing to do is to consult your pediatrician and ask for a referral to a Pediatric Physical Therapist.
Sam Wilson is a Pediatric Therapist at Quincy Medical Group.