Toe walking is a normal part of child development.
It is persists past 2-3 years of age, physiotherapy should be considered. Here are a few things to look for when identifying toe walking concerns:
- Walking up on tip-toes, the heel does not hit the ground first, as seen with typical walking
- Experiencing other gross motor difficulties such as poor balance, weakness, or decreased coordination
- Unable to keep up with peers or participate in sports or other fun games as a result of toe walking
- Unable to come down to flat feet when attempting to attempting to due to very stiff ankles and/or tight calf muscles
- Complains frequently of pain at feet, ankles, knees, or hips.
A pediatric physiotherapist specialist can help figure out the most likely reason(s) your child is toe walking. Then, they develop a plan of care that includes stretches and exercises to help your child.