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Tiptoe walking

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thornrose Thu 21-Aug-08 15:43:52

My dd has dyspraxia and AS and has walked on her toes since she first started walking, she is now 8 and still does it constantly. When she was seen by orthotics and physio a few years ago they didn't seem overly concerned.
We went to buy new school shoes yesterday and I asked her to put her feet down while she walked and I was quite shocked. One of her feet really turns in when she walks flat footed and looks very awkward. Sounds really bad that I haven't noticed sad.
I think I'll go to GP for a referral.
Has anyone got any experience of this, has your "child grown out of it" or had any treament?

FioFio Thu 21-Aug-08 15:57:10

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thornrose Thu 21-Aug-08 16:03:19

I think I gave up on the shoe inserts too quickly, they were presented in quite a negative way, as though they were very unlikely to make a difference and I think that affected my judgement. How long did you wear the inserts?

thornrose Thu 21-Aug-08 18:57:27

Anyone else with a "toe walker", I thought it was fairly common with Autism and AS maybe I've got that wrong!

thornrose Thu 21-Aug-08 23:17:53

Sorry for awful bumping of my own thread, this is the last time, I promise blush but I was really hoping to hear from people who have children who tiptoe walk?

PipinJo Fri 22-Aug-08 01:00:15

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thornrose Fri 22-Aug-08 01:36:34

Thanks PipinJo, just noticed your reply, special needs board doesn't show up in active messages! I constantly tell her "feet down" so do all the family and even her school friends, they're down for literally a minute and then back up on tiptoes.
I'm going to take her to docs next week but the mere word "operation" stikes terror, she is the most anxious child and going into hospital would terrify her. Oh god, why didn't I listen to my instincts and follow this up!

PipinJo Fri 22-Aug-08 18:19:50

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pinkcandyfloss Fri 22-Aug-08 18:31:02

My ds (5) who has Autism constantly walks on his tiptoes too, have not seen any difference in his feet when flat footed at the moment, to be honest I had not even paid close attention so I will keep an eye on that so thank you.
Hope your gp can help you out without her having to have an operation

thornrose Fri 22-Aug-08 19:57:45

PipinJo, I'm so mad with them, she had lots of physio concentrating on every area EXCEPT the toe walking.
Pinkcandyfloss, have you had any advice about your son's tiptoe walking?
My mum has watched her walking today and we noticed her whole posture changes when she trys to walk flat on her feet, she sticks her bottom out and just looks so awkward.
I'm getting in a bit of a panic now, will make an appointment on Monday.

deeeja Sat 23-Aug-08 01:51:10

Oh, your poor dd!
I hope you get some help with this. It really makes me mad when they make light of our little ones's problems. I get the same response aswell Pippinjo, there is nothing that can be done. About everything!
My youngest has started to walk on tip-toes now quite alot, he is 2 in November. My 3 year old does it, too. We must like a family of ballet dancers, blush

HappyBunnie Sat 23-Aug-08 22:59:11

hi - tiptoe walking is a symptom of ASD...mine had special insoles in his shoes to stop him rolling over - but he will always walk on his toes. he is 16 now. seen physio and orthatist - not much help! in fact orthatist has just taken insoles off him but i suspect he will need them back as he rolls in badly at the ankle when walking. get a referral to an orthatist and see whats what. mine has aspergers. dx at 7. still learning and he is 16 going on 17. i dont make a big deal of it tbh. its just how he walks!

typhoonsmum Sun 24-Aug-08 14:02:06

My son is 12 motnhs old and is just starting to walk. He can't walk un aided and is cruising round the furniture but he spends a lot of time on his tiptoes.
He was born with bilateral talipes and I'm wondering if this has anything to do with the tip toe walking or whether it is just a learning to walk thing.

misscutandstick Fri 29-Aug-08 23:12:03

i think a lot of toddlers do it, something to do with balance and 'gripping' the floor, not sure at which age they grow out of it tho.

My 2.3yr (autism) toe-walks - and its definately getting worse sad. He does have a podiatrist that checks wether its affecting anything and if theres anything causing it - shes brill and very thorough (we see her every 3mths to check), if you have a Paed, they can refer - although it was my HV that referred initially, so i know they can do it too. Id advise to get a referral even if just to put your mind at ease. HTH XXX

LollipopViolet Sun 31-Aug-08 13:24:43

My feet turn outwards, so I don't walk as much as waddle. Caused some right horrid nicknames at school

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