According to the researches, tiptoeing is more common in girls. It may be considered normal until the age of 4, unless the tiptoeing is continued. After the age of 4 years, tiptoeing may shorten the Achilles tendon as a result of being a habit and may be an indicator of some other diseases.
In such case, parents should carefully observe their children who make a habit of tiptoeing. It is also important to ensure that the child is examined by a pediatrician when necessary.
Diseases Causing Walking on Tiptoes
In diseases affecting the skeletal system, such as cerebral palsy, length differences between legs and congenital muscle shortness may also be the cause for tiptoeing. However, the detailed examinations and when necessary, gait analysis should be performed in order to confirm these reasons and to apply the right treatment.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Tiptoeing
A child who makes a habit of tiptoeing should be followed up by a pediatric orthopedist in order to determine the definite reason and to treat the condition at an early stage.