K.C. asks from Glendale, CA on November 21, 2009
22 Month Old Walking on Toes
Hi Mamas ~
My husband and I recently noticed our little girl (22 months old) has been walking on her "tippy toes" off and on throughout the day. We have a 12 yr old boy who DIDN'T do this, and I was wondering : Is this a 'girl' thing? Should we be concerned, since we've heard that this type of walking may be a sign of other developmental problems (ie: short circuiting in the brain) ?
I'm not TOO awfully concerned, as she has hit her developmental marks all along the way, she speaks too many words to count, is loving, funny, responsive, appropriately coordinated, etc... Also, she's been testing her balance in other areas (ie :walking on curbs or small walls at the park, negotiating uneven surfaces, etc..) and am THINKING this is just another way for her to learn about her body/balance..
Any feedback is welcome, thanks! :-)
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S.R. answers from Los Angeles on November 22, 2009
It's supposedly a sensory-seeking thing, same reason kids like to twirl around and spin for no reason at all. I wouldn't worry unless it seemed excessive or you saw other strange traits showing up. Sounds kinda cute to me.
M.B. answers from Los Angeles on November 22, 2009
No worries. My daughter does this too, she's 2 1/2 years old. My mother told me not to long ago, that I did this as toddler well.
S.N. answers from Detroit on November 21, 2009
Hi, I am a mother of three, two girls and a boy. My two daughters didnt do this, but my now three and a half year old son Braxton started doing this around 1 year of age and soon after was diagnosed with a mild case of autism. Now autism is more common in boys than girls so dont start to panic. Another common reasson why children walk on their tiptoes is because they have weak arches in their feet and may need extra support shoes such as weebies or specially designed sneakers to help their arches form and allow the child to begin to walk properly. Also it may just be something your daughter is going through, like a phase. I suggest that you just watch her for a month or so and if she continues to do this take her to a perdiatrician and he or she may refer the child to a foot specialist.
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J.N. answers from Los Angeles on November 22, 2009
My 8 yr old daughter did this too when she learned to walk. She is now a GATE student, top of her class, very high achieving. Her pediatrician was keeping an eye on her when she was little because there was some medical condition that went with it, but since it never happened I forgot all about it. Sometimes, still, she will walk this way, and usually because she is excited about something, so it could just be your daughter's exuberance bursting out of her, like my daughter. Enjoy it! :)
K.T. answers from Las Vegas on November 22, 2009
I would encourage you to have your pediatrician look at her and to monitor her walking. In addition to advice that others have already posted, some children have a shorten Achilles tendon (or something like that) and require surgery to make it longer.
P.A. answers from Los Angeles on November 22, 2009
This could be a sensory issue; so if this continues say for the next 2 months then I would call your local regional center and ask for evaluation. If you have further concerns please feel free to call.
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S.T. answers from Los Angeles on November 22, 2009
When my children were young in a child-filled neighborhood, the little boy next door walked on his toes. I don't think anyone got too worried about it. It was very prominent, not just once in a while. I can say that he is now a successful businessman in his forties and by the time he went to school, he was no longer walking on his toes. I hope that helps -- and of course it is not a "girl thing."
C.D. answers from Los Angeles on November 22, 2009
Probably normal. It seems like many of the other Mamas disagree. But I notice my daughter trying out all different kinds of walking... toes, heals, backwards. She always has such a blissful smile on her face as if she is just amazed with her own incredible powers. I think it's just self-discovery, but if you are worried, you can always discuss with your pediatrician.
T.C. answers from San Diego on November 22, 2009
I have two girls (almost 3 and 5) and a new baby boy. I remember both of my girls going through a phase of this (the second more than the first as well as some other things I heard could be signs) and I was concerned because I had heard the same. Neither of them do it now... and they are both doing great in school- nothing but great reports from their teachers about everything for their ages. I wouldn't worry at all unless you notice other issues or if your pediatrician has any concerns at the 2yr check up. I agree with you about balance... it seemed to be a sort of fascination with being ABLE to and like you said, both of them did it on and off not constantly. Don't know if it's a girl thing or just a some kids thing- but I know that mine are past the phase and doing great.
K.C. answers from Los Angeles on November 21, 2009
Has she always done this or is it new? My friend's daughter has always walked on her toes and they needed to get her special shoes to help correct it. They waited until 18 months, so she'd been walking several months by then, but it didn't correct itself. It definitely warrants a call to the doctor just to make sure. As with anything, the sooner you catch it, the easier it is to fix!