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#1 milasmummy

Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:25 PM


I have tried using the search engine but it won't work for me.  Anyone elses older child toe walk?  My DS has always toe walked especially when he is barefoot.  I have to constantly remind him to not stand and walk on his toes.  Just wondering whether its worth taking him to the docs or not worry, my nephew who is 5 also toe walks but only sometimes.

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#2 Sue Heck

Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:37 PM


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#3 milasmummy

Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:45 PM

Thanks for the reply Janeway-  No he wasn't prem, but you do have me thinking about other things.  He is extremely fussy with food (colours) and sensitive to some smells especially the deli at the supermarket to the point he almost vomits.

#4 iguana

Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:42 PM

He could be just hyper-sensitive. My DD has an aversion to lots of things. Strong smells, loud noises, labels on clothes etc. If your son does it more when he is barefoot I would say he definitely has sensitivity. My DD is 9 and still won't touch the grass with her barefeet. I would have a check-up with a gp/paediatrician just to make sure it's not a physical problem with his feet.  original.gif

#5 WallyMoos

Posted 16 December 2010 - 07:30 PM

my nephew does the same thing. As does his father, SIL had him checked out and they couldn't find a medical reason as to why. He has inserts in his shoes now to help him to stop because it can lead to other problems (with knees and back) apparently

#6 mummy to e&j

Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:13 PM

My DS now 12yrs did this when he was younger.  We constantly told him to 'walk properly'

We took him to a podiatrist when he was about 5 or 6 and was told that his achilles tendons were so tight that he COULDN'T walk properly.

I felt like the worst mother in the world, and couldn't believe I'd left it so long.  He was given stretching exercises to do, and orthodics for his shoes.

This helped improve a lot.  He still has orthodics now, made every time his feet grow.

Hopefully it's nothing, but I'd take him to a podiatrist to have it checked out.

#7 fortyishanna

Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:20 AM

Get your child looked at by a professional. I was told my whole childhood not to walk on my toes, but the reality was I couldn't make a heel strike - my tendons were severely shortened and it got worse the older I got until walking was painful. I was teased severely and had many problems especially relating to being unable to properly do sport etc at school. Many doctors told my mother and father I would grow out of it etc. so I do not blame my parents. I finally had tendon correction operations when I was 19 years old and it was a severe disruption to my life. So act now and do not stop until you have definitive answers.

#8 boots-n-all

Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:19 PM

If there is no Structural reason (tight/short muscles) then it is known as " idiopathic toe walking" there are many theories as to why but yes it is treatable and it is never too late.

Stretching excises may help but they are not the answer, remember this is idiopathic, an orthosis that works on the sensory system is the answer and will give most a good result in about 6 months.

If left untreated it can lead to many issues both short term(balance) and the long term, shortening of tendons.

Idiopathic simply means its a habit, here is a link that may help you a little more.


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#9 elevard

Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:34 PM

This is very strange, you'd better go to the doctors.

#10 milasmummy

Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:07 PM

Thanks so much for all of your replies, I will get him to the doctors and podiatrists and let you know how I go.

#11 boots-n-all

Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:50 AM

If your in NSW Karl Schott on 02 9972 4488, QLD Ernie Tye 073391 2066 or Vic David Sutton 03 9465 0880.

All are Certified Pedorthist that make insoles based on the sensomotoric theory and research of German Pedorthist Lothar Jarhling, you should be entitled to some rebate from your private insurance also.

There is another possibility that you would be entitled to funding through the public hospital system by using a certified pedorthist, although the funding can take a while to come through

#12 Bloomer

Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:15 PM

My SIL is a physio and works with children specifically and she is always asking when DD2 walks on her toes if she is doing it all the time as it is an indicator of other problems. We generally see them once a year. Our DD does not do it all the time.

#13 unicorn

Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:21 PM

QUOTE (Bloomer @ 19/12/2010, 01:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My SIL is a physio and works with children specifically and she is always asking when DD2 walks on her toes if she is doing it all the time as it is an indicator of other problems. We generally see them once a year. Our DD does not do it all the time.

Can I ask a favour and can you ask her to elaborate on what she means by other problems?
My 5 year old DD is a constant toe walker, we are on the waiting list for yet another physio, has been to a podiatrist and we do regular stretching.
OP I hope you find some answers at the doctors.

#14 Lilianfels

Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:26 PM

My nephew had the same thing. My sister took him to a pead Physio for treatment/ correctment.

Would see a physio before a podiatrist and they can provide treatment for correcting the muscle/ ligament

#15 elsa cloud

Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:24 PM

I have just been through this with my 7yo dd. After seeing a pediatric podiatrist she was diagnosed with severs disease (sounds worse than it is) and after a few weeks of prescribed stretching and fitting her with good shoes (birkenstocks in this case) she has had no more problems. good luck. smile1.gif

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