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When Toe Walking is a Problem Worth Treating

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For parents with kids, finding fun things to do that are free can be tricky. If you live near New Haven, CT, look no further. The Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium offers free planetarium shows Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights—a great outing for the space fanatic, or if you are just looking for a fun activity to do as a family. If you have young ones who exhibit toe walking as they explore the world around them, it may or may not be a concerning habit.

Toe walking is exactly as it sounds—a habit of walking on the balls of the feet and the tips of the toes.  It is a very common developmental habit, and for the most part it does not indicate an underlying pediatric problem. A study published in the journal, Pediatrics, found that “More than half of young children who toe walk will stop doing so on their own by about age 5. And most children who are toe walkers will not have any developmental or neuro-psychiatric problems.” There are some cases where toe walking is associated with a condition such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. The research also found that 41% of children with autism currently walked on their toes or had done so in the past. When no underlying condition is present, a child is said to be an idiopathic toe walker, and while it may be related to muscles or nerves, the cause is unknown.

Even though certain conditions have been associated with toe walking, it certainly does not need to increase your fears or anxieties. If your child seems to be continuing beyond the age of five, make an appointment with Family Foot Care & Surgery for an accurate diagnose. Dr. Sanjay Patel can help determine if there are any concerns and provide excellent treatment if necessary. Call us today to make an appointment in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055 or in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736. 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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