There is so very much I could say about Sierra and her toe walking. Without basically typing a novel, though, I don’t think I can explain things well.
I’ll do a summary of what’s been going on just in case anyone is curious.
-Sierra has walked on her toes since she very first started walking.
-I didn’t think much of it, and neither did her doctors, until last year.
-Last year we (her doctor and me) decided it’d be a good idea to do some testing and see some specialists to make sure it wasn’t something like autism or cerebral palsy. Even though we highly doubted it was either of those based on everything else about Sierra.
-We had quite the adventure visiting the orthopaedist and then a neurologist and finally an occupational therapist and all three said there is absolutely nothing wrong with her.
-Her toe walking is definitely idiopathic (habitual) toe walking.
-It was decided that we could take her to physical therapy for exercises to stretch her tendons but we could also just wait it out and see if she outgrew it.
-We opted for waiting it out because our insurance doesn’t cover physical therapy and at $200 a pop every week we’d be broke in no time.
-We did start/have done stretching with her at home.
-A few months ago I noticed Sierra’s toe walking was getting worse. She was up way higher on her toes and she was getting more clumsy because of it. She can no longer stand in place on flat feet without stumbling around or getting back up on her toes right away. When she does stand flat she opens her legs wide and her toes pointed way out.
-SOOOOO I started googling and researching everything I could on toe walking and treatments and all of that and have decided to go ahead and see the physical therapist. With things getting worse I just don’t know that Sierra’s going to outgrow her toe walking. Some kids do and others don’t.
With that said, we’re going to wait until January because of the way our insurance is set up. And because I don’t want to be going to physical therapy appointments every week with a newborn. lol
In the meantime, we got Sierra some sturdy boots that so far have kept her walking fairly flat while she wears them! She can get up on her toes but it’s not as easy so at least half the time she’s walking flat. That’ll help stretch her out just a bit before all the physical therapy and potential braces of next year.
If you’re really curious you can read more about idiopathic toe walking at these sites: