Toe Walking: Doctor Attributes Toe Walking to Signs of Poor Vestibular

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Toe walking is a sign of a poor vestibular system, which is tied to a child's balance and coordination. We often see some of these symptoms in children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Asperger's. However, mainstream children may struggle with toe walking as well.

Dysfunctional Balance System Some children who walk on their toes may be to blame. The vestibular system in the inner ear is responsible for feeding the brain information on position and movement. If the information this system is providing isn't correct, the brain may not even be aware that the feet aren't walking properly.

What Causes it?

Sensory Processing Issues If your child is sensitive to touch, they may avoid placing their heels down to avoid uncomfortable textures or discomfort. A Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can also be to blame for walking on tip-toes. These kids will also show aversion to socks, shoes or bare feet.

What Causes it?

Habit If you have a tot that spend a lot of time on their toes, they may continue to walk that way simply because they’re used to walking that way.

What Causes it?

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