What is toe walking?

 Toe walking or “tip toe” walking is seen in children who’s heels do not make contact with the floor while walking.

 

 

What makes a child toe walk?

Some children toe walk when first learning how to walk, but others continue for a variety of reasons. Toe walking can be due to sensory issues, balance issue or musculoskeletal issues; or a combination of all 3. If toe walking is not corrected there can be secondary implications such as loss of ankle range of motion, ankle weakness, tightness in leg muscles and difficulty with coordinated gross motor skills.

 

 

How can PT improve toe walking?

Physical therapy works to improve toe walking by creating a treatment plan tailored to your child and their needs. The plan include strengthening for ankle and leg muscles, stretches for tight muscles and balance training.