Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Meg | 2009-06-09

Q.

Walking / Running on toes

Since my daughter (now 6) could walk, she is on her tip toes and although she walks normally, she still does it often and even runs on her toes.....she has had all normal milestones and as a result of her ' toe-walking' , beautiful calves but is this normal? She sometimes wakes up in the middl of the night with cramps'  in her calves which I' ve always thought were growing pains but wonder if they aren' t somehow linked? What to do? Will she ' out grow'  this?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your daughter should definitely not be toe walking at her age. She will need to be assessed by her paediatrician in the first instance and he/she may want to refer her to an physiotherapist or to an orthpaedic specialist based on the clinical findings.

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Posted by: Meg | 2009-06-10

Thanks for your advice. She did have a walking ring but hated being ' trapped'  in it so I hardly ever put her in it. I had read this when I had my son first so was very aware of the negatives of using it. She is doing ballet and her teacher said it' s nothing to worry about and she' ll outgrow it...

Reply to Meg
Posted by: Purple | 2009-06-09

I' ve heard that this is one of the dangers of using walking rings. I' m interested to see the paed' s response on this - as it is usually occupational therapists who go around saying things like that and most medical professionals don' t seem to have a very high opinion of OT' s in general, though most mothers who have had a child requiring therapy claim remarkable improvements in the problem areas.

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