Childrens Podiatry | Toe Walking
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Toe Walking

What is Toe Walking?

Toe walking is a condition in which a person walks bearing little or no weight on the heel of the foot. It is most commonly seen among toddlers and can lead to problems such as:


  • Shortening of the calf muscle.
  • Postural issues
  • Difficulty adapting to wearing shoes


Diagnosing toe walking

Typically, your Podiatrist will diagnose and evaluate Toe walking. Your Podiatrist will assess the range of motion within each foot, determine whether the condition is bilateral (In both legs) and perform a neurological examination to determine the cause of the condition.


There are many different factors that can cause toe walking. One is that the condition is habitual (idiopathic), for which there is no known cause. Another is shortening of the Achilles tendon, muscle spasticity or a paralytic muscle disease, most commonly seen in children suffering from conditions such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.


Children’s Podiatry Clinic can tailor a treatment option that is right for your child based on the severity of the condition.

Treatment options may include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Splinting
  • Orthotic therapy
  • Night Splinting

If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s feet,
it’s best to consult with a Podiatrist.