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Old 08-23-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Ds is 18 months old and has been walking since about 10 and half months old and has been doing great. Now lately he has been walking on his tip-toes. Even running. For the most part we go barefoot or in our Robeez or crocs. When should I be concerned, if at all?

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Old 08-23-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

i don't worry about it. jonas is/was a toe walker too.
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

My guy is 19 months and just started this, too. Dr. said it is normal. They just like to try new ways of walking. My guy went through the walking backward stage and all that, too!
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

Toe walking can be normal or a sign of something deeper like sensory integration dysfunction or autism. When it is just a stage to experience with a new way to walk, it is normal. If the toe walking doesn't disappear seek out an Early Intervention evaluation.
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

typically it's usually a phase. He'll likely move on to something else soon like trying to hop or jump.

If it seems really odd to you, trust your instinct and see your pedi.
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

Thanks ladies. I am not worried about it but of course you know how people are and they like to talk and tell you all sorts of things. I can't tell you how many people have told me to 'get him checked out' for that.
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

I wouldn't worry about it. My dd started walking on her tip-toes. Her ped said not to worry about it. She walks normally too. My dd's 9 year old cousin did the same thing when she started walking and still walks on her tip-toes sometimes.
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

Someone we know has had her daughter in PT for that because she has done it for sooo long that it has affected the muscles/tendons. Yes, it is most likely just a phase but if he is still doing it down the road I would see a ped.
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

My dd (20 months) walks on her toes every now and again too. I think she's just doing it for fun. From what I've seen, its a common thing in toddlers
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Re: Walking on tip-toes...

I would just keep an eye on it. My parent's friend has a grandson who has done the same thing and at five won't walk normal. They are going to have to put him in casts to get him to walk correctly. It is normal for kids to walk on their tip toes, which is why they didn't do anything sooner. He only walks on his tip toes though..... I'm sure your ds is just experimenting but just wanted to let you know it can be a serious issue down the road if he continues.
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