walking on tip toes??

Christina - posted on 04/29/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




My little one has started walking on her tip toes this past week. I am wondering if this is normal, she is my first baby. Do any of your kids do this? Does it pass? Any reason why she is doing it? Thanks ladies!!


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Kristy - posted on 11/23/2011




my 13 month old is walking on his tip toes and has no muscle or tendon problems i was told it could be a phase he gets up and down flat footed so i dont know..i was told he will figure it out he is only 13mnths

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2011




my now 15th mth old boy did it when he couldnt walk, whenever we held onto his fingers to go walkies he would walk on his toes. He never seemed to put his feet flat down but then he started taking steps and he started to flatten his feet. He then wouldnt take any more steps so started walking back on his toes and i was worried it was affecting his walking but we didnt worry to much and then when he was 13 months he took off and is walking great ever since. I think its a phase as they figure out how to get to grips with taking off on there own. Dont worry to much i'd say she will grow out of it very soon.

Abbey - posted on 05/02/2011




It sounds like there are many reason why she could be doing it. My niece did it as well and her peds. doctor said to break her of the habit. It took time but she eventually stopped after she stopped doing it at home they put her into dance classes so she could do it for a reason

Constance - posted on 05/01/2011




Christina, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Eveyone on my grandmother's side of the family all walk on their tip toes. I am inn my 30's and I still do. My kids do. Does she have high arches? It isn't going to hurt her feet to walk on her tiptoes and it does improve balance. I have been in stelletto's for years but my feet were made for them. I am just showing the balance thing. Put her in dance class it will give he something to do with her tip toes.
She will probally grow out of it.

Kelly - posted on 05/01/2011




How old is your daughter? Has she been walking for a long time or just started? My son has been on his tippy toes since he was in his jumper, he is 15 months now and is seeing a kinesiologist because of it. However, I don't believe there is anything wrong just a bad habit. He is just starting to stand by himself, not for very long but its a start.

Christina - posted on 04/30/2011




If she hasn't always done it I probley wouldn't worry, but if she's done it often since she started walking I'd talk to her dr. there is a couple medical reason children do that.

From baby center: http://www.babycenter.com/0_your-child-i...

"If your child is always tiptoeing, it's possible that she has a physical problem such as a short Achilles tendon that actually prevents her from standing flat-footed and limits her range of motion in the ankle. But consistent toe walking is more likely a sign of a motor disorder — most commonly, mild cerebral palsy. The most common form of cerebral palsy is "diplegia," which means it involves the bottom half of the body. This is the form of cerebral palsy most common in children who were born prematurely. If this is the case, your child is toe walking because her Achilles tendons and calf muscles are too tight, which means her heel is pulled up and her toes are pulled down.

If your child's doctor rules out cerebral palsy and other physical problems — if her muscle tone is fine, and she has a good range of motion in the ankle — then she'll likely be diagnosed with what's called idiopathic toe walking. This is a catchall diagnosis that means the cause is unknown. Idiopathic toe walking may be associated with language delays and with certain forms of autism, so it's important to verify that your child's not having other problems with communication or socialization skills. You may want to schedule a development assessment to make sure."

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Yes! I did this myself until I was 7 years old. It will pass. As far as I know, there is no reason. Its just something fun to do. I had pretty good balance on my tippy toes.
My parents bought thick soled shoes to try and stop me, it didnt work!
Her feet will grow normally, it doesn't change anything about them :)

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