Toe walking shoe Help!

Pamela - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my son is nearly 2.5 and he has been toe walking for about a year I would say. We have been told he will need piedros but here the only shop that stocks them charge over 300$ and we just don't have that cash, we have tried all the clarks shoes. But they seem worse than his sneakers.. our physiotherapist originally said hi tops.



Im in Perth Western Australia if any one knows any shoes that would be good for him I would be so thankful seems Im spending a few hours every day on the phone on net trying to track down for good hard lace up shoes for him..

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Thanks in advance.

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Deanna - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son was a toe walker too. We got a trampoline and placed it in our living room so he could use it when he felt like jumping. This provided the pressure that he was seeking and now he no longer toe walks. It greating improved his balance and helped to use up the extra energy that he seems to have.

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Amy - posted on 07/26/2010

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if he constantly toe walks it could lead to the tendons at the heal to shorten to the point he can't put his foot down.this usually requires surgery to correct. so if you feel he does not need orthotics i would at least recommend you help him stretch these tendons every day(don't force anything) and keep any eye on the range of motion to insure the tendons stay lengthened until he no longer toe walks. i they do begin to lose range and tighten up see an orthopedic Dr. to see if he needs orthotics to correct the problem.

Pamela - posted on 06/18/2010

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Hi Cindy,

He has had a developmental assessment as we were concerned about autism. but apart from a speech delay and a bit of sensory issues ( re he likes skin and prefers to be naked ( but what 2 year old doesn't) and his tow walking. he eats and touches things he is never concern about things like that. so they think he could have some very mild sensory issue.. he also had all his joints and muscles checked out and he can walk normally if I continually prompt him to do so.

I will ask about the orthotics though sounds like it could be a good idea.

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His shoes aren't the issue. Your son probably needs orthodics. First of all, toe walking can be a sign of other issues. Is he developing normally otherwise? Does he have normal range of motion in the ankle, knee and hip? Especially the hip? Does he display sensory issues? ( Does he insist on only eating certain foods, keep a certain schedule or wearing only certain clothes or WON"T play with certain textured toys?) You may want to educate yourself about sensory integration and signs of cerebral palsy ( I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SCARY)-- but if he is already walking- it isn't that terrible- it just means that he has some muscle tone issues that will need addressed with something other than a "good shoe"... Ask the doctor about orthodics. This isn't scary either. Here in Ohio orthodics for toe walkers is a thin flexible layer of plastic that is molded to fit the leg ( some from the ankle to the toes- some from the knees to the toes-- some with hinges at the ankle area some not) that fit INSIDE the shoe. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son is a toe-walker with or without shoes. We were prescribed orthotics to put in his shoes. We tried them for several months and they didn't help. Now they are going to use SMOs with an extended foot plate. He has other foot issues and gross motor problems too, but perhaps asking about a shoe insert would help him??

Pamela - posted on 06/17/2010

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thanks guys, He loves trampolines so that might be an idea, he walks pretty good in his Sneakers but when he runs in them he goes to his toes I think Im just going to try lacing them up tight so he can't take them off and keeping them on him most of the time, we have some Globe hi tops on order due in, in October. Not much else I can do. I guess it doesn't effect his balance and he is just super fast on his toes.

We have just been told he is not Autistic but has a speech delay and could have sensory issues.

User - posted on 06/17/2010

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I have 2 sons (1 autistic). My non-autistic toe walks when he is barefoot. No doctor has ever suggested special shoes for him and he walks fine in regular sneakers

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What about squeaker sneakers? In order to make them squeak, he'd have to walk heel toe. If he liked the sound, it might encourage him to walk with his entire foot.



My son will still toe walk barefooted, but he doesn't nearly as much when he's in his sneakers (Regular double velcro Vans). They are the only shoes I've been able to get on him since he started walking.

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