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Toe Walking? [Pediatric Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Sensory]

August 06, 2017 by Kinetic Kids, Inc.

What’s Wrong With Toe Walking? [Pediatric Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Yoga for Kids, Vestibular Training for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, Pediatric Occupational Therapy]

toe walking - pediatric physical therapy - kinetic kids inc.jpg Have you noticed your child consistently walking on their toes? Maybe it runs in the family? This condition is a common trait seen in young children, and can often be reason to seek out physical or occupational therapy. Toe walking sometimes resolves on its own, but if it does not therapy services can help to improve the range of motion and flexibility at your child’s ankles and also improve their walking. Therapy can also help address the underlying reasons that cause your child to toe-walk.

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What Can Result from Toe-Walking?

If a child consistently walks on their toes, the following can result:

  • The calf muscles (on the back of the lower leg) can become tight, often causing pain or discomfort to your child.
  • Your child may not be able to lift their toes up or pull them back towards their belly. This is due to a decrease in range of motion at the ankle.
  • Your child may have difficulty balancing, especially balancing on one leg.
  • Your child may have difficulty jumping or hopping.

Why Does My Child Toe-Walk?

There can be many different reasons for a child to walk on their toes, including:

  • A child may be a “sensory-seeker”, meaning they seek out activities that give more input in terms of vibration, texture, lights, motion, noise, etc.
  • Being on their toes allows a child to get more sensation because it is “bouncier”.
  • A child may benefit from occupational therapy services as well in order to address the sensory needs underlying this type of walking.

This condition may or may not resolve on its own, due to different underlying causes. If you notice your child toe-walking consistently, contact the clinic to schedule an evaluation for therapy services.

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Topics: Sensory Processing Disorder, toe walking

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