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Is My Child Walking on Their Toes Too Much?

Is your child walking on their toes more often? Discover why toe-walking is common and when it might be cause for concern in this guide.

Ruchita Dhavade - Writer for First Walkers
By Ruchita Dhavade
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated August 14, 2023.

Imagine your child taking their first steps—a joyous milestone indeed! But what if those initial steps have your child walking on tiptoes?

Toe-walking is a common phenomenon in children, often observed until they reach the age of two or three. While it can seem unusual, it's typically a harmless habit of early walkers. However, if your child continues to predominantly walk on their toes past the age of three, a doctor's visit may be recommended to rule out any serious underlying conditions, such as neurological disorders.

What Causes Toe Walking?

Toe-walking can be attributed to several factors, some of which are:

  • Learning to walk: When children first start to walk, toe-walking naturally becomes their go-to stance. It aids in improving balance and muscle strength, leading to flat-foot walking as they gain control.
  • Tight calf muscles: If your child's calf muscles are tight, this could compel them to walk on their toes.
  • A tight Achilles tendon: Similarly, a tight or shortened Achilles tendon, the band that connects calf muscles to the ankle bone, can also lead to toe-walking.
  • Weaker trunk muscles: If the muscles in the trunk—encompassing the tummy, back, and bottom—are weaker, balance may be compromised, leading the child to walk on their toes for better stability.
  • Sensory preferences: Some children simply enjoy the sensation of being on their toes, or conversely, dislike the feeling of their flat feet touching the floor.

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Walking Tall with First Walkers

While toe-walking is common and often harmless, it can make children more likely to fall due to the reduced base of support from the foot. Supportive footwear can make a world of difference, and that's where First Walkers comes in.

With a selection of shoes that blend comfort with functionality, First Walkers provides the perfect solution for toe-walking toddlers. These shoes come with a strong supportive structure and a soft sole for added comfort. They're designed to promote a healthy heel strike while walking. So let your child explore their world with confidence, striding comfortably in First Walkers' shoes.

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