Toe-walking is a pretty self-explanatory term. It literally refers to the act of a toddler or child walking on their toes! There are a few reasons we see this in young ones:

  1. It's a habit that may develop as the child learns to walk. 
  2. They may suffer from a tight Achilles tendon (which is very treatable!).
  3. A recent growth spurt could cause their bones to increase in size before the muscles have time to catch up.

Toddler with pink pants, barefoot on deck, toe-walkingExpert podiatrists and pediatricians recommend that you keep a close eye on your child's toe-walking, especially if it extends past the age of 3. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to have them examined. Prolonged toe-walking could be an early symptom of a neurological or even behavioral condition.

As with anything, early detection is the first step in prompt, effective treatment. Have your child examined by a pediatric podiatrist and give yourself peace of mind knowing that their feet are in good hands.