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Old 16-05-2008, 19:04
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my son is now 9 1/2 years old, when he was about 4 he began to walk on his tip toes, we saw a doctor who reccomended he be refered the a child development center and they did work with him trying to loosen the muscles in his legs, we tried excersizes, splints worn at night, even having his legs in pot to "force" his heel onto the floor, none worked, he eventually had surgery to loosen the muscles and again was put in pot for 6 weeks(he was about 6 when this was carried out) everything worked well and no bother, however over the past few weeks i've noticed he's begining to walk on his toes again, i doubt very much he'd be willing to go through the whole surgery thing again (although if push come to shove he would have it done). i was wondering, has anyone on here had experience with children who walk on their toes, i've looked on some sites and they say it could be a form of autism(?), although we did see a neurologist, he examined him and he said my son was a bit too clever for his own good and i shouldn't worry, but like any parent i do worry, we all know how cruel kids can be and i hate for him to be singled out cos he walks on his toes. any advice or experiences would be welcome, thanks.
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Old 16-05-2008, 19:11
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my son is now 9 1/2 years old, when he was about 4 he began to walk on his tip toes, we saw a doctor who reccomended he be refered the a child development center and they did work with him trying to loosen the muscles in his legs, we tried excersizes, splints worn at night, even having his legs in pot to "force" his heel onto the floor, none worked, he eventually had surgery to loosen the muscles and again was put in pot for 6 weeks(he was about 6 when this was carried out) everything worked well and no bother, however over the past few weeks i've noticed he's begining to walk on his toes again, i doubt very much he'd be willing to go through the whole surgery thing again (although if push come to shove he would have it done). i was wondering, has anyone on here had experience with children who walk on their toes, i've looked on some sites and they say it could be a form of autism(?), although we did see a neurologist, he examined him and he said my son was a bit too clever for his own good and i shouldn't worry, but like any parent i do worry, we all know how cruel kids can be and i hate for him to be singled out cos he walks on his toes. any advice or experiences would be welcome, thanks.

Does he have any siblings?
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Old 16-05-2008, 19:16
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My cousin used to do this. He also used to struggle getting up steps. It was picked up on his first day of school. Not what you want to hear but he was eventually diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

Some useful information here:

http://www.kidshealth.com/parent/med...dystrophy.html
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Old 16-05-2008, 19:25
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he has a 16 month old sister
i also read about the muscular dystrophy and wondered if it was a mild form of it, however he has no trouble walking, running, he plays football, bikes all over the place, can run and run and run...... it just seems we can't get to the bottom of why he does it, when he started to walk he walked fine, like i say, he was about 4 when we noticed it but it became very noticable and that is what i worry about.
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Old 16-05-2008, 19:41
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My friends son was the same, he had a little operation where they cut the tendons.
I think thats what they did I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong
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Old 16-05-2008, 19:45
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I often walk on my toes. No harm in it. I do it because I have spacial dyspraxia and there are certain obstacles I want to avoid,so I pussy foot around them.

I am quite sure if we watched others,quite a few would walk the same way.
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:25
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My daughter had exactly the same, went through the physio etc and was then forgotten about. She had learnt to walk on her toes even in the splints, so they said it was a waste of time doing any further treatment.
She is now 18 and still walks on her toes. We were warned that it could damage the bones in her feet as the weight of her body is being put on a part of her foot that is not designed to take it. There is nothing we can do about it now though, but I would strongly recommend trying to convince your son to see it through if they do recommend another op.
ETA it is usually just because the tendons in the back of the ankle are too tight/short.

Also my daughter has never had any problems with other children over it
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:25
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he has a 16 month old sister
i also read about the muscular dystrophy and wondered if it was a mild form of it, however he has no trouble walking, running, he plays football, bikes all over the place, can run and run and run...... it just seems we can't get to the bottom of why he does it, when he started to walk he walked fine, like i say, he was about 4 when we noticed it but it became very noticable and that is what i worry about.
My cousin had the worst strain, Duchenne, and was close to being wheelchair bound at your son's age so it seems unlikely it's that.

I would push hard to get to the cause of the problem though to put all of your minds at rest.
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:28
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Hi, the tip toe walking can be part of Dyspraxia. Dyspraxia affects motor skills and co-ordination. This can be quite mild and result in general clumsiness; in some it can affect speech, because they quite literally can't get the tongue around the words they want to say. Others it may be movement.

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http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles...rticleId=1698#
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:36
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I have worked with 2 children who do the same thing and am working with a child at the minute with the same problem.
All three are fine, no autism whatsoever, no major illnesses etc. They have just had simple operations to have their tendons and part of a muscle cut to loosen the foot and they have been fine. The child I am working with at the minute is awaiting her appointment so both myself and the class teacher have been able to reassure her that the wee one will be fine

It may be simply the case of having to go in and have the tendons cut again as your wee boy is still growing and he tendons are stretching again
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:44
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thanks for the replies, seems it may be more common than i thought,i was also told that about his weight may cause damage to his bones but he weights almost nothing, a right skinny dude, he had a piece of muscle taken away when he had his op, they wanted to test it for any abnormalities and that came back fine, i'm hoping it's just one of them things.
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Old 16-05-2008, 21:27
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My eldest (10) has walked on his toes for a few years now. If I mention it to him he can walk properly so I am thinking that it is just preference.
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Old 16-05-2008, 21:30
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My eldest (10) has walked on his toes for a few years now. If I mention it to him he can walk properly so I am thinking that it is just preference.
That is the thing though many of the children with this problem can walk 'normally' if it is mentioned, but it is not comfortable and does not feel natural to them. My daughter can walk properly if we say something, but is bakc on her toes seconds later.
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Old 16-05-2008, 21:38
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This kind of operation can only be temporary while he is still growing. I'd take him back to the docs.
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Old 17-05-2008, 00:53
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my son is now 9 1/2 years old, when he was about 4 he began to walk on his tip toes, we saw a doctor who reccomended he be refered the a child development center and they did work with him trying to loosen the muscles in his legs, we tried excersizes, splints worn at night, even having his legs in pot to "force" his heel onto the floor, none worked, he eventually had surgery to loosen the muscles and again was put in pot for 6 weeks(he was about 6 when this was carried out) everything worked well and no bother, however over the past few weeks i've noticed he's begining to walk on his toes again, i doubt very much he'd be willing to go through the whole surgery thing again (although if push come to shove he would have it done). i was wondering, has anyone on here had experience with children who walk on their toes, i've looked on some sites and they say it could be a form of autism(?), although we did see a neurologist, he examined him and he said my son was a bit too clever for his own good and i shouldn't worry, but like any parent i do worry, we all know how cruel kids can be and i hate for him to be singled out cos he walks on his toes. any advice or experiences would be welcome, thanks.
Interesting that its only happened again over the last few weeks ~ has something unsettled them recently perhaps and its a way of gaining attention? I'm no child expert, psychologist etc, but maybe look back over the last month to see if you can think of an experiance/moment that unsettled them and this is the result of it?
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Old 17-05-2008, 08:25
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My son also walked on tip toes until he was about four. He went on to have very turned in and flat feet. He had to wear specially adapted shoes throughout high school. It was his feet that were the problem and not tight leg tendons. He still walks as if he is bouncing along but it suits his sunny personality!
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Old 17-05-2008, 13:09
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i walk normally but if i go up stairs (not down) then i walk on my toes, but if i notice then i am able to easily walk up properly, i think my problem is i have big feet and so i walk up on my toes insted of trying to balance on the half of my foot that i can actually fit on the steps - plus i seem to run up stairs so its easier and faster doing it on your toes
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Old 17-05-2008, 15:21
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My half sister is 14 and she walks on her toes, Ive said she needs to see a doctor about it mainly because she cant run very well, but she wont go and her mum wont make her.

Dont know if it counts at all but shes very tall and slim, shes about 5'6 tall which isnt so tall but most of her height is leg!
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Old 23-05-2008, 05:10
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Hello, I was wondering have you looked up Cerebral Palsy?
Toe walking is a common symptom of this. Children are commonly diagnosed at a young age but many go into adulthood and find out they've had it all their lives, thinking they were just 'clumsy'.
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Old 23-05-2008, 09:37
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I often walk on my toes. No harm in it. I do it because I have spacial dyspraxia and there are certain obstacles I want to avoid,so I pussy foot around them.

I am quite sure if we watched others,quite a few would walk the same way.
I have "balance" issues with my inner ear. I have a habit of walking on my toes as I am less clumsy. Not all of the time, just if I am 'picking my way' through close furniture for instance.

Not sure if this is relevant or helps in any way.
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Old 23-05-2008, 09:53
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Hi

I walked on my toes for years, then just grew out of it, although since having my boys and watching them "toe walk" I have noticed that I still walk on them if I am "shoeless". I do find that I am uncomfortable in flat shoes, but as long as there is a little heel I am fine.

My son started walking on his toes when he started walking. Dr, health visitor wanted to do tests, but he could walk on his feet properly if he wanted to and since I did the same i wasn't unduly worried. He's now 9 and doesn't walk on his toes.

My youngest son is 5, he is alot worse for walking on his toes, and people often comment but again if i remind him to walk properly it isn't a problem. He doesn't complain of any discomfort and I have noticed the past few months that it is getting less frequent.

It could just be that like me your son prefers to walk with his feet at that angle. Someone mentioned stress, perhaps if he is a little worried over something, going back to his toes might be a comfort thing? OR it might just be that he feels comfortable that way.
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Old 23-05-2008, 11:05
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My eldest has walked on his toes on and off ever since he learnt to walk.

It has lessened over the years and now he only does it when having a growth spurt! His bones grow really quick but it takes a week or two for the ligaments in his ankles to catch up to the right length so it hurts to put his feet flat on the floor ......once the ligaments stretch to match the bone length he's back to walking normally....until the next growth spurt that is!
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Old 23-05-2008, 15:39
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I did that for years when I was younger because my feet hurt. I eventually grew out of it without any corrective surgery or anything. I still do it from time to time if my feet ache after a long day, but I've never really seen it as an issue, to be honest.

He will probably grow out of it, and I wouldn't let it worry you too much
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Old 23-05-2008, 15:55
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I walked on my (very) tip toes for many many years, I sometimes still lapse into it. My problem seemed to be that my tendons were too tight for me to put my foot on the floor and it subsequently became more comfortable for me. My mum was advised to put me in boys shoes, i.e. without a heel. I was given some of those ones with the different coloured dinosaurs on the heels (I'm 22 now) I've tended towards heavier shoes since then and I sometimes have to do the exercises before I get out of bed otherwise It hurts not to walk on my toes. As for development, despite the fact that I was very premature I have never been 'behind' other children so to speak, in fact in some cases I was ahead. I've had a pretty good educational life and I'm just finished a degree in Forensic Psychology and going on do to a Master's degree.
If say I'm carrying a full cup of tea or something I walk on my toes which seems for me to be steadier.. I am a little clumbsy though. I don't think it's too much to worry about, I've done ok

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Old 23-05-2008, 16:01
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Hello, I was wondering have you looked up Cerebral Palsy?
Toe walking is a common symptom of this. Children are commonly diagnosed at a young age but many go into adulthood and find out they've had it all their lives, thinking they were just 'clumsy'.
ooo this never occured to me or my mother ..
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