Toe Walking in Children

Toe Walking in Children

June 6, 2023

Children’s health is a significant concern for parents, as it should be. The health of children’s feet is no exception. Children under age two commonly walk on the balls of their feet instead of with their heels touching the ground. This is known as toe walking. Most children will graduate from this gait pattern and walk heel-to-toe. If a child continues to walk this way, they might develop tight calf muscles, and walking in a typical way will become harder to learn. There is no known reason why a child may prefer to walk on their toes past young toddler age. However, if a youngster has certain conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, a spinal cord abnormality, or autism, this way of walking is more likely. To rule out any reasons for concern if your child toe walks, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can do an examination and discuss anything of significance.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider…

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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