Glad to hear positive responses. If anyone has dealt with PT etc for this with their toddler, let me know?
Just to give information, though it's preliminary research (and not everyone who walks on their toes) because others might see this and there are issues that can be present with toe-walking:
- toe walking can be a sign (along with many others...usually on its own it's not a problem) of sensory integration issues and autism. It's one of those symptoms in with a bunch of others.
- arches can collapse, the toes can become damaged, the tendons shorten, the knees have problems, posture can be off
a link: http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-...ptoes_11648.bc
- If your daughter is toe walking consistently, however, talk to her pediatrician. Frequent toe walking can signal several different problems, the most serious of which is cerebral palsy. (If she was born prematurely, you'll want to keep an especially close eye on her because preemies are more prone to the form of cerebral palsy called diplegia, which involves the bottom half of the body.) The problem could also be physical: It's not common, but some children have short Achilles tendons, which means it's difficult or impossible for them to walk flat-footed without help. This problem is generally easily treated, either with surgery or with non-surgical approaches to stretching the Achilles tendons.
Toe walking with no accompanying physical problems is called idiopathic toe walking, and is frequently seen in children with language or other developmental disorders, though we don't know just why. If your child has this condition, your pediatrician will want to do an evaluation, including a neurological exam, looking for language and other developmental delays. If the results of this exam are normal and your child does not have any significant delays, however, she won't need therapy and will most likely grow out of the condition on her own.