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How to correct a tiptoe walking toddler?

My daughter has been a tiptoe walker since she could walk at 9 months and she is now 27 months. Most kids outgrow this. But I've been noticing more and more lately (now that the weather is nice) that she always walks on her tippy toes. We walked for about a mile today and the entire way she was walking on her tiptoes. People are always commenting about it too. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is it some thing I should be concerned about? She doesn't have her next Dr. appt until she is three, should I call?
Thanks in advance for your help.
T.

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Toe walking can be benign, a habit formed from trying to see up on higher surfaces or extended time in a jumper or activity center. Even though it is a habit, it must be broken, as muscle imbalances will become more pronounced. Consult your pediatrician.

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Thank you all for your advice. I did take her to the pediatrician and he prescribed physical therapy for her. He feels that she only does it out of habit, and advised that he doesn't think there are any further concerns.
Thank you all again.
T.
Now the real challenge begins...finding a Pediatric Physical Therapist in my area.

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I would definately call the doctor. Tiptoe walking can be a sign that the muscles are developing properly in her feet, especially if she has been doing it for so long! I read about it in an article in Parenting Magazine.

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I would definately call the doctor. Tiptoe walking can be a sign that the muscles are developing properly in her feet, especially if she has been doing it for so long! I read about it in an article in Parenting Magazine.

My husband is a tiptoe walker. My in-laws said they took him to doctors & nothing stopped him from walking that way. My daughter walks on her tiptoe and i never bothered to check it out because i feel as though nothing can stop a child from walking the way they are used to. My left leg & foot is curved in, & I had special shoes when i was a child, & im still this way. so I really wouldnt pay mind to it.

I have a 6 yr old toe walker. Some kids do not grow out of it. Follow your instincts. Look into PT, starting early makes it much easier for the kids to get used to. My daughter HATED!!!!! it, they wanted to put her in full leg orthopedics. At that time she was in Kindergarten and I didn't want her to be teased. Good Luck. If you have any other questions you can email me at ____@____.com.

T.,

I know many others have urged you to talk to your ped. I am a physical therapist and am strongly urging you to call the ped. sooner rather than later. This is not a life-threatening emergency, but something that does need to be addressed. Most likely you will be given a referral for early intervention. THis may even take place in your home, where your daughter is most comfortable. Toe walking can be benign, a habit formed from trying to see up on higher surfaces or extended time in a jumper or activity center. Even though it is a habit, it must be broken, as muscle imbalances will become more pronounced. It can also indicate other problems. Have your daughter evaluated by someone who is qualified to educate you on the situation. Information can never harm, only enhance. Once you have been educated as to what is going on, you may be able to correct to problem simply on your own, or it may require professional services. Good luck with both your kids:-)

J.

I would recommend talking to your pediatrician sooner rather than later to discuss pursuing a physical therapy consult. If there is a problem, the fix may be something as simple special exercises if caught early enough.

My son is currently going through PT to stretch the muscles in his legs to help him walk. He is almost 3 and reactions to medication he is taking has affected his mobility. We are told if this isn't successful (he is responding well so we think it will be) other corrective measures include night braces, casts or surgery as a last resort. I don't offer these corrective measures to worry you but rather to encourage you to seek help now to hopefully avoid them.

I am having the same issue with my 25 month old boy. He was just diagnosed with unsteady gait and tip toe walks almost all of the time. He had an MRI last week which showed normal, thand god, but now they want him to be seen by a physical therapist. I'm currently having challenges trying to find one that will see a toddler which offers after work hours. PRETTY CHALLENGING! I live in Philadelphia. I was told about early intervention programs where someone could possibly come out to the home to treat him. Hopefully this will work. Goodluck with yours!

I remember doing this when I was little. I don't know how old I was, but I remember my mom trying to teach me to step with my heals first.... heal toe heal toe.

My son did this also. He grew out of it when he was three or four years old. He gradually stopped doing it. My nephew is also at that age and he does it occasionally. I wouldn't worry about it. My son is an active 7 year old with no problems walking, running or jumping. But if she is never walking any other way a phone call to the doctor can't hurt.

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