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Posted by Jean on October 18, 2000 at 21:33:31:

In Reply to: Teen Toe Walking? posted by Beth on October 14, 2000 at 20:02:40:

My boys also toe walk. My oldest is 12 and he toe walked since he could walk. The orthopedic doctor said don't worry -- as he plays more and runs and stretches his legs he will naturally stretch his heal chords. By the time he was 10 he did not toe walk all the time. He still occassionally stands on his toes, especially after a growth spurt. My younger son, 8 also toe walks but only started at about 5. His tight heel chords were so severe he was not able to stand straight with toes pointed forward. He was serial casted on one leg(only one was so serious) for about 3 weeks. This allowed him to stretch so he could stand upright. I do stretching exercises with him and he is being monitored to make sure it does not get worse. Eventually he may need surgery-- however he has so much growth left that will not be for a long time

: Hi,

: I have two teenage sons, 15 and 17 yrs of age. I am a little worried
: about the way my oldest walks.

: I don't know if it is the correct term, but it is what I would describe
: as toe walking or walking tip toe. His step is "bouncy"...rarely does
: his heel touch the ground. Usually it is some 3-4" off the ground.
: Should this be cause for concern? I've noticed that my 15 yrd old is
: beggining to walk with his heel off the ground, too...though not as high
: as my oldest. While at the mall last weekend I noticed other teenage
: boys walking with a similar "bouncy" step, but none as pronounced as my
: son.

: In my research on the web, I discovered that toe walking is the result
: of tight heel cords. Correction seems to be with braces or serial
: casting. Do you think either of these would help my son? Would it help
: preventing this in my younger son?

: Neither of my sons have any medical problems besides this.

: I'd appreciate any help or information you can give me! I'd really like
: to get this taken care of before my son goes off to college next
: year...if it is a problem.

: Thank you!

: Beth

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