|Originally posted by USAmma
She also walks on her toes most of the time when barefoot, and in shoes will tire quickly and stumble and ask for her stroller or for me to carry her. I keep waiting for her to outgrow this.
Hi Darshani, I have no idea if the tiptoe walking has to do with the spina bifida occulta or not, but I had a problem toe walking when I was young and wanted to let you know about it, so you can keep an eye on your daughter if it might be a seperate issue before its a huge pain in the behind to correct...
I have no idea why I walked on my toes when I was little. But I *always* walked on my toes (different from you dd since she doesn't toe walk all the time). I would also tire out walking *so* quickly. I couldn't make it around one level of the mall. And that was when I was a fit thin healthy child. Well after my dad took me to doctor after doctor (who all blew it off... one doc even said "well all football players run on their toes"
: ) he finally took me to shriners in SF (I was about 7ish then). Turned out that because I walked so often on my toes (either most or all of the time) my achilies tendon never grew very long. I couldn't physically at that point even put my left heel on the ground, not even with the doctor's trying to help force it a little. They thought surgery, and then I'd have to wear casts for a year or more after... but decided not to do the surgery (which was if I remember correctly them slightly 'snipping' the tendon and then it would grow better??
: Sorry I was about 7 at the time and don't fully remember it all in detail). So what they did was push my foot as far up as they could and cast both my legs to right below my knees. They replaced the casts monthly, and it took about a year to get to where I could walk ok and bend my feet ok. Then I had to wear braces for another year or so. It was a big pain to go through all of that, and the doctor's said it would have been easier if it was caught earlier.
Soooo while all of this could have nothing to do with your daughter, since I have no clue if its anything even similar to my problem, I thought I would pass along the story, because if there is even a small chance that you knowing this would help your daughter I wanted you to know. Having casts for a year straight was no fun at all. And all the years before that when I couldn't walk/run as much as other kids wasn't fun either.
Hope I didn't bore you with all of that now!