Tip Toe walking refers to a gait pattern where a person walks on their toes or balls of feet, without putting much if any weight through the heel or any other part of the foot.
Tip Toe walking in toddlers is common under the age of 3 and most of these children will grow out of this and adopt a normal walking pattern. If a child continues to toe walk they should be assessed by a podiatrist.
Causes of Toe Walking:
- Habitual, the child is physically capable to stand flat footed, they have always just walked on their toes
- Congenitally short or contracted Achilles Tendon
- Muscle spasticity (i.e Cerebral Palsy)
- Hypersensitivity or sensory complications
Treatment for Toe Walking:
- Stretching and/or strengthening programs
- Footwear advice
- In-shoe padding
- Carbon fibre plates- if necessary
- Referral for botox treatment- Toe Walking Clinic at Monash Medical Centre
- Referral for serial casting and/or Achilles surgical lengthening
- Any neuromuscular conditions are referred to a specialist