By: Holly Thompson, DPT
Do you notice your child walking on their toes throughout the day? Do they prefer to be up on their toes rather than keeping their feet flat when they are standing and walking? By two years old, children typically demonstrate a heel-toe walking pattern. While toe walking may appear harmless, over time it can cause secondary complications that interfere with your child’s gross motor skills.
Why do some children toe walk? Every child is different and unique – the following are often contributing factors for why a child may demonstrate toe walking:
The following are reasons you may want to seek out a Physical Therapy screening or evaluation for your child:
If your child is evaluated and qualifies for Physical Therapy, the therapist will look at what the underlying cause may be for your child’s toe walking and work with you and your child to create a custom plan of care. In Physical Therapy, we often work on the following areas:
If a child is demonstrating toe walking due to sensory seeking behavior, Occupational Therapy may also be helpful to address and treat sensory dysfunction.