Your little one has started walking but you noticed he or she is always on tip-toes, should you be concerned?

Parents can expect their growing child to begin trying to stand, pulling at supportive objects like furniture, between 7 to 12 months of age. Many will begin to walk on their own between 10 to 18 months of age. This is where some parents may notice their little one standing and/or walking on their tip toes and begin to worry.

Tip-toe walking, or walking on the balls of the feet, is quite common among little ones that are just beginning to learn how to walk. Most then outgrow it and begin to walk normally (heel-to-toe). From our experience, tip-toe walking can happen during two occasions, as a child takes his or her first barefoot steps, and again when he or she begins to wear footwear for the first time. In the latter occasion, finding the right pair of shoes or sandals can help. We do recommend starting off with good fitting shoes as that helps little feet feel more secure for their wobbly first steps.

However, the good people over at East Coast Podiatry do provide some caution on tip-toe walking, which in some cases may be caused by underlying conditions such as:

  • A short Achilles tendon
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord abnormality
  • Autism

If your child is still tip-toe walking after the age of 2, it is recommended to talk to your doctor about it. It is always better to be safe and early in spotting these issues.

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