Infant Toe Walking

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toe walking refers to a condition where an infant or toddler walks on his or her toes without putting much weight on the heel or any other part of the foot. Dr. Edward Hill looks at some possible causes of toe walking and treatments of the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Walking on the toes or the ball of the foot, also known as toe walking, is fairly common in children who are just beginning to walk.

Most children outgrow toe walking. Kids who continue toe walking beyond the toddler years often do so out of habit. As long as your child is growing and developing normally, toe walking on its own is unlikely to be a cause of concern.

Toe walking is sometimes the result of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or another generalized disease of nerve and muscle. Children with autism also may walk on their toes or the balls of their feet, but many do not.

If your child is toe walking out of habit, treatment isnt needed. He or she is likely to outgrow the habit. Your doctor may simply monitor your childs gait during regular office visits. If a physical problem is contributing to toe walking, treatment options may include physical therapy, leg braces or splints, serial casting or surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.