I recently reached out to my readers to learn about what child development questions and concerns they had. One topic that was brought up a few times was “toe walking.” Several parents reported that their toddlers, preschooler and older children walk on their tip toes. Some only do it periodically, while others walk primarily on their toes. You have probably heard “something” about toe walking, but what is it really? Is it a sign of a bigger problem?
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Lauren who is a Pediatric Physical Therapist addresses toe-walking in her usual sensible way:
One of the most difficult and common child development issues I run across in my pediatric therapy practice is toe walking. As soon as a new acquaintance finds out that I am a pediatric PT, inevitably they ask about their child who is a toe walker or walks with a flat foot (more on that one in a later post!). I have to admit, every time a preschool teacher comes to me and says, “I think you need to take a look at this student, he is really up there on his toes”, I cringe a little bit. And here’s why– toe walking can range from a totally normal developmental phase to a BIG problem. Here are some of my thoughts on this very common issue related to child development. (Click to continue to read Lauren’s article)
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