Toe Walking

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Mark0101 2017-02-17 18:29:15


My 3 yr old has been diagnosed with mild to mid level autism & ADHD.he is constantlyon his toes when he walks around the house.have purchased high ankle boots with hard soles,but thathas not helped. He does keep his entire foot down when climbing stairs or when he comes across an uneven surface. Any parents who faced similar issues with thier kids & had any success in correcting or eliminating the toewalking altogether. Would appreciate any and all feedback.

aanchal 2017-02-19 09:00:28


toe walking may be there due to HSD (hypersensitive soles unable to tolerate the texture of the ground/floor) or flat foot or an enlarged/painful heel or something else. We give intervention for toe-walking after understanding the reasons. Sensory integration (Rope-walking, bubblewrap bursting with heels etc), pediatric physiotherapy, flat-foot correction could be some of the corrective measures. I know few people who toe-walked as kids and teens, and now walk properly. Then few still walk on toes but are doing pretty fine in their lives.

Has he been diagnosed with ASD only on this toe-walking symptom? You haven't mentioned any other issue. To diagnose a 3-year old child with ASD, I am sure the doctors observed other significant symptoms. Can you email me the assessment report at 

Also, I personally and strongly feel that giving interventions for symptoms is much more important than diagnosis of a disorder. We limit ourselves with the ASD glasses and work only inside that sphere, or we use the child's strengths to work on his weaknesses, depends on our orientation to diagnoses. 


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