December 31, 2007,
R.G. asks from Atkinson, NH on December 27, 2007
My 1 year old son started walking last month. His right foot is a little curved, which the pediatrician said should correct itself over time. But lately I have noticed he walks around on his tip toes, which I have heard can be a sign of autism. He has no other signs of autism - is very sociable, babbles alot, smiles and makes eye contact. He loves to play with others. But I saw Jenny McCarthy on TV say her autistic son was normal until the age of 2. So I am just wondering if any other moms had children that tip toed at first and turned out fine or if this is something I should be concerned about.
R.M. answers from Hartford on December 28, 2007
My 1 year old walks on her tip toes too. I think its pretty normal, they are however still learning to walk. Also, my 8-year-old niece walks on her tip toes all the time and she is absolutely fine, no autism or anything. Everybody's different! If he isn't showing signs of autism, and trying to talk then I wouldn't worry. My cousin's 8-year-old son is autistic, and he's still not talking, so I wouldn't worry.
W.D. answers from Boston on December 28, 2007
a lot of kids walk on their toes.. I wouldn't worry about it.. talk to your ped if you are really concerned, but he sounds normal to me.
J.P. answers from Boston on December 28, 2007
My sons do this too a lot their develomental theropist told me that it is very common in kids that have been in a jumper or excersaucer a lot and its cuz their heal muscle isnt streched right we are working on the toe walking with them right now.
S.J. answers from Boston on December 28, 2007
My daughter toe walked up until recently. Sometimes I think she did it initally because she was new to walking and was trying out all different things with her new skill.My pedi had said that if she did it all the time that surgery to cut tendons could be done. That is not something I would consider as she does it less and less as she gets older.I found that keeping shoes on her more often helped out. She is happy and healthy and from what im told,many children do it.
H.S. answers from New London on December 31, 2007
My son is still a toe walker, he's 7. My Dr. said the same thing...it will correct it self. Hasn't happened yet. I would suggest trying to break him of this "habit" (it does become a bad habit) sooner than later. Use phrases to remind your son the walk flat footed, like...feet down, toes. Something short.
L.L. answers from Boston on December 28, 2007
My daughter walked on her tippy toes at first, you'll be happy to know she is now 18 an honer roll student and we just recieved news that she has been approved for a significant scolarship for a Nursing Program.
J.D. answers from Hartford on December 28, 2007
I don't have any firsthand experience with either problem, but I CAN tell you that my son plays baseball with another boy who walks and runs on tiptoe and he is 9 years old. This boy has no issues whatsoever other than using his toes instead of his whole foot. AND he is an excellent ballplayer. We have seen those tiptoes for 5 years now and his Mom said he has always done that. So I do know that tiptoeing doesn't necessarily mean problems to come. Hope that helps a little.
L.C. answers from Springfield on December 28, 2007
I've heard that it's common to tip-toe but you can always call your ped office and ask the nurse, they can tell you if you need to come in or not.
R.H. answers from Boston on December 29, 2007
My son is almost 4 and has walked on his toes since he started walking! He is a very energetic, smart, happy child. I also heard the same thing about it being a sign of Autism. But my Pedi told me not to worry. I suggest you speak to your doctor! Hope all is well!! Have a wonderful New Year!