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HannahBaby - June 8

My daugther is 17 months and still tip toes. My doctor wants me to send her to a foot specialist where they are going to take all kinds of xrays and stuff and i cant be there with her because im pregnant. Is there anyone out there that delt with tip toeing at 17 months or later?? I need some advice


skn331 - June 8

i dont want to scare you, but I took care of alittle girl who did that frmo her first steps on into toddlerhood. When her parents finally took her to the doctors, they found out she has a congenial defect. She is now in first grade and walks with a walker. Before they found out what was wrong with her, her parents had gotten pregnant with another child, who, with a 50% chance, ended up with the same defect. The younger girl didnt luck out so well, she cannot walk at all and is in a wheelchair. You need to get it checked out so if there is a problem they can start physical therapy right away. I hope its not the same thing. Good luck.


HANNAHs Mom - June 8

I recall someone mentioning to me about a friends little girl who also tiptoed around until the age of 2 or 3?? but it was a phase that she outgrew...she is now a perfectly normal little girl. I will see if I can find any more info...please don't worry...


angie m - June 8

HannahBaby my 17 month old son still walks on his tip toes some times. Does your little girl do it all the time?


HannahBaby - June 8

o lovely!! She stands flat footed and when she pushes a push toy she walks flat footed, and when she walks backwards she walks flatfooted. Thanks for the advice. I wanted to wait a little longer but after reading your post im on the phone right now as we speak. Also, what was she diagnosed with?


angie m - June 8

HannahBaby I would love if you let me know what you find out. If it is something I would like to know because of my son doing the same thing. Does she walk flat foot of tip toe when she has on shoes?


HannahBaby - June 8

She tip toes with and without shoes. Skn331 freaked me out so now i have an appt on the 19th. I went to high school with a girl who tip toed from the day that she started walking...im a little scared now


YC - June 8

My cousin tiptoed from the time she started walking. The dr. thought she would grow oput of it but she didnt. When she was about 5 she had surgery to correct it. I can't remember the name of the condition or procedure but basically health wise she was fine. It had something to do with her tendons and muscles. After surgery and physical therapy she was fine and walking flat by 1st grade. She is now a freshman in college and has had no problems. BTW, she walked tip-toed all the time. Even in shoes. I hope everything is fine with your little one.


San - June 8

Try not to freak out too much HannahBaby...my 18 mth old tip toes as well. I personally thought it is normal as I've watched my friends kids all tip toe. GL to you.


Rabbits07 - June 8

I have heard of children walking on their tip toes who have developmental problems, ut there are usually other things that occur in unison that I'm sure you or your doctor would have noticed. Like alot of the other ladies said, some children just do that because they can and eventually quit on their own.


HannahBaby - June 8

*not to toot my own horn* but thats the funny part about her. Shes always been way ahead of her age EXCEPT in the large motor catagory. She sat up late, she crawled and walked late. However, she talks better than most 2 year olds (according to her Ped) and her fine motor skills are excellent. Her doctor is amazed how well she communicates and expresses emotions....Its just the toe walking. She walks well, she doesnt fall alot and like i said she does stand flat footed when watching tv or standing from a sitting position, and when shes pushing a toy. I have her doctors appt for June 19 (same day that my dad has a major cancer removal surgery) So thats going to be an emotional day.


BabySage - June 9

hello, one of my cousins tip toe walked until she was 6 years old. nothing medically wrong with her, she just walked that way. finally just stopped doing it one day! GL & keep us posted on your lil one!! ^.^


skn331 - June 9

hannahbaby, I am sorry I freaked you out. What they have is called spinal muscular atrophy. Here is a link to a page about them http://brain.hastypastry.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-3285.html There is a - in between t-3285 but take out any others that show up.


skn331 - June 9

and, its pretty rare, so I am sure thats not what your daughter has... but better be safe... right?


HannahBaby - June 9

Thanks for the link!!



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