What is Idiopathic Toe-Walking?

   

Toe walking is when a child walks on their tippy toes. When toddler’s first learn to walk they may come up onto to tip toes as they play around with weightbearing through their feet. However, consistent toe walking is NOT normal at any age. There are many reasons why a toddler/child may toe walk and seeing a physical therapist knowledgeable in toe walking assessment and treatment is highly recommended.

Areas we assess in children who toe walk:

Muscle strength
Foot bony alignment
Gross motor skills
Flexibility/Range of motion
Vestibular system
Visual System
Proprioception System

As you can see there are many areas that may contribute to toe walking. Treatment will be determined by the findings during the assessment.

Treatments may include:

Orthotics
Muscle strengthening
Sensory Integration
Visual-vestibular training

 


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