How do i get my four year old to stop walking on his toes?

Samantha - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Ever since Ethin could walk at 10 months he has walked on his toes. Ive been reminding him to walk on his feet but after two or three steps he is back on his toes. What should i do to get him to stop?

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Geralyn - posted on 03/20/2010

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I agree that you should definitely have any medical reason ruled out. It can be neurological, but if that were the basis, its unlikely that that would be the only concern or symptom. Absent a medical issue, it is common at an earlier age.... Here's a link.... http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/toe-wal... I hope that you get answers.

Kerry - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son sometimes walks on his toes, i think it's him just being playful and over active, but he doesn't do it all the time. Having said that - I work in disability and find a lot of people with autism do walk on their toes (plantar flexion) If I were you, and you sound concerned, i would be at my drs yesterday getting it looked at...don't take no for an answer until you are happy

Michelle - posted on 04/03/2010

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get him some shoes that make noise when he walks...they are called squeaky shoes and you can order them online. They only squeak if they step on the full foot. These have cured my little one of walking on her toes.

Karley - posted on 03/26/2010

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my sister use to do the same thing well she actually still does she is 23 now!! but the dr said its for ppl who have cold feet. its how that person keeps them warm pretty weird!!
some ppl may outgrow but some wont.. but hope everythin goes/is well!

Emily - posted on 03/25/2010

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I hope you have read Kelly Quin's post. She is correct, it is a sign of Autism. My youngest son does the same thing and he is on the borderline of the Autism Spectrum. Have your child tested by an Early Intervention program and do not take NO for an answer. This is very serious and the earlier the problem is attacked the better your childs chances are for succeding. There are many different types of Autism. I am not saying that your child has a bad form of it, he could be high-functioning like my oldest is. He has Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). There is hope.

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Geralyn - posted on 03/25/2010

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Toe walking is a symptom of many potential issues or it could be developmental. I would not get an autism evaluation based solely on toe walking. There would be other concerns, too, as Kelly said - other areas of delay.

Emily - posted on 03/25/2010

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So glad people though my post was helpful. My 3 1/2 year old son does the same thing sometimes. I have a big eye on him since my oldest is autistic. I have heard that it can be genetic. I have a start on it, teachers are going to be coming to my house in April to help my youngest. Just ...DON'T GIVE UP!!!!

Amanda - posted on 03/22/2010

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Sorry to hear that other children are being rude. I would try to show my son that it doesnt matter what those kids say. He is awesome just the way he is. I am glad to hear that his reflexes are good. In school i wouldnt worry too much, if he walks fine in shoes. At school they have to wear shoes so the other kids wont even know he walks on his tip toes without them on. He will grow out of walking on his tip toes. he probably finds it very fun because of your reaction to him doing it. I know my son now pushes out farts when i change his diaper because the first time he accidentally did it on me I laughed and said eww dont fart on mommy lol. So just let him grow out of it. Dont worry about what others think of your son and your son will learn not to worry about what others think of him too.

Kelly - posted on 03/22/2010

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what about his development? walking on their toes is a symptom of autisim, more than likely not the problem but if there are other developmental delays or social ability skills involved it could be.

Samantha - posted on 03/22/2010

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Yes they can be. They have called him tinker bell and fairy. I feel really bad about it because he sometimes trips and I hear myself say thats why you should walk on your feet. I know he doesnt realize that he is doing it. I have tried slippers but he does it in that too. I guess because its soft. He hates shoes. It takes me a hour to a hour and a half to get him to put shoes on when we leave the house. The only time i can really get him to put them on is if he knows the ground is wet. Its actually funny because I lied to him the one day and told him the ground was wet because it had rained and he looked out the window and called out my bluff. :) I will keep trying with shoes and wait until his kindergarten checkup that is coming up in a couple of months.

Jennie - posted on 03/21/2010

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Ugh, Kids are mean. If he doesn't do it in shoes maybe get him some slippers that stay on his feet for around the house and see if he walks normally in those. After awhile of always having shoes on maybe he will stop?

Samantha - posted on 03/21/2010

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I showed my concern with the doc for his preschool check up. He checked his reflexes n told me not worry about it n hell do more testing when he is five. He doesnt walk on his toes when he is in shoes. I guess im just worried especially since he is going to be going to school this year n he already has been made fun by other kids for this. :(

Amanda - posted on 03/19/2010

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Have you talked to his doctor about this??? There is a tendon in the back of your leg, right behind your ankle that some kids are tight and it causes them pain to walk with their feet flat on the ground, so they walk on their tip toes. I wouldnt force him to walk on his feet untill i got him checked out by the doctor just to make sure its nothing serious.

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