The treatment toe-walking depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to:
- The age of the child
- Root cause
- Ability to walk flat-footed
Treatment for persistent toe-walking begins with a comprehensive consultation and assessment to ascertain the cause for your child’s condition, obtain an accurate diagnosis and devise a suitable treatment plan.
Treatment will include stretching the muscles and tendons in the calves daily; however, advanced therapies such as radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be required for faster muscle tension release. Casting or bracing will also help to support the foot and leg in order to encourage a normal gait. This can be done through ankle and foot braces and custom foot orthotics.
In some rare cases, surgical procedures to lengthen the Achilles tendons may be required. This is meant to improve foot and ankle joint range of motion, allowing normal gait function.
It is recommended to consult with a podiatrist if you have concerns regarding your child’s walking patterns. Most children improve over time and are able to participate in sports and daily activities. To encourage this, it is important to have a detailed medical consultation and proper diagnosis to identify possible outcomes and the best treatment plan for your child.
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