WE ARE OPEN! We have a COVID-19 safety plan and are committed to keeping you safe. Find out more »

We are open

You can book for a clinic visit or you can have a Telehealth.

Book an appointment with us now

Toe Walking: Break the Habit Early!

In the first 24 months children’s feet are normally flat on the ground. By 3 years of age, they should develop a heel-toe pattern. Some children will walk on their toes – this is not a natural pattern. Over the long-term toe walking can cause:

  • muscle shortening 
  • painful joints
  • poor balance
  • difficulty with gross motor activities, such as jumping.

Causes

Pathological:

Due to neurological or musculoskeletal conditions that cause the calf muscle to tighten and shorten. Toe walking may be a sensory avoiding or seeking behavior that co-exists with ASD.

Behavioral:

A result of how a child has learnt to use their feet. If they have been in equipment such as Jolly Jumpers and Baby Walkers.

They may not like the “feel” under their feet; for example walking barefoot on sand, grass or cold tiles.

Exercises and Stretches

  • Walking in swimming flippers, this forces the heel of the foot to be the first point of contact to the ground.
  • Climbing up slides/walls, this creates a stretch on the calf muscles
  • Bear walking keeping heels on ground
  • Walking like a duck
  • Squatting down to pick up rocks
  • Using a towel or having a parent help bring your foot up towards your nose whilst keeping the straight knee and/or slightly bent. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.
  • You can also stretch in standing or with your heels hanging off the edge of a step.

Footwear

  • Shoes with a heavy heel, for example ski boots can be worn.
  • Shoes that light up can encourage a heel strike.
  • In some instances, AFOs, night splints and casting might be
    required to regain calf muscle length.
Article References

The article content is of the respective authors, researchers and case studies provided and not of the publishers of this article. The readers should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of findings before applying it to themselves. Optimum Health Solutions cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made.

Found this article helpful? Share it with your community
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on email
Share on print

Want to find out more?

Recent Articles

Our team actively contribute the latest health tips, exercises routines and healthy recipes to support your life’s health journey.

Connect with Optimum for Offers & Updates

Optimum Health Solutions

Enabling you to live life to the fullest.

Any health advice provided on this website is of a general nature only. Any action taken by any individual should be undertaken with appropriate and individual health guidance by a qualified health professional.

© 2021 Optimum Health Solutions | Privacy Policy
Website by Sling Digital