Toe Walking

Does your child experience any of the following symptoms?

  • Walking on the toes or the ball of the foot

  • Loves to move fast and struggles with slow activities

  • Walking with bent toes (toe knuckling)

  • Complains of pain at the end of the day in their back, legs, knees, ankles or toes

  • Falls frequently.

Why is my child toe walking?

There are many different reasons why your child might be experiencing toe walking. Some of these include:

  • Issues with sensory processing

  • Issues with processing touch

  • Joint hypermobility

  • Issues with understanding movement

  • Lack of strength in core muscles or ankles

  • Family history

  • A short Achilles tendon

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Autism.

Is toe walking normal?

Toe walking up until the age of 2 years old is normal and most children will grow out of it. If your child is still toe walking after the age of 2, this could be a sign of something as simple as a tight calf muscle, or a bigger issue that may require some treatment. Toe walking affects 7-24% of the childhood population, so it’s not uncommon and is treatable with Physiotherapy.

Early detection is important, so if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact us on 9841 5996, to book an appointment and help get your child walking normally again!

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