Toe walking is walking on the toes or ball of the foot, meaning the heel don’t touch the ground. If a child consistently walks on their toes, then a podiatrists’ opinion should be sought. This can be a sign of muscle tightness in the back of the leg due to a bony growth spurt being faster than muscle growth. It usually improves spontaneously or with some simple exercises. However, rarely is it a sign of muscle disease or a bony problem in the ankle joint.
If your child is still toe walking after the age of 2 years, talk to your podiatrist about it. Make an appointment sooner if the toe walking is accompanied by tight leg muscles, stiffness in the ankle’s Achilles tendon or a lack of muscle coordination.