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Fifteen-minute consultation: A child with toe walking
  1. Shobha Sivaramakrishnan1,
  2. Arnab Seal2
  1. 1New Street Health Centre, Barnsley, UK
  2. 2Children's Services, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, Wortley Beck Health Centre, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Arnab Seal, Children's Services, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, Wortley Beck Health Centre, Ring Road, Leeds LS12 5SG, UK; arnab.seal{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Toe walking is a common developmental phenomenon in young children. It is usually benign and self-limiting. Toe walking can be a presenting sign of some serious underlying disorders and idiopathic toe walking is a diagnosis of exclusion. Persistent toe walking can lead to limited ankle dorsiflexion which may cause functional problems. Specific interventions depend on underlying cause and may range from verbal reinforcement to serial casting and surgery.

  • General Paediatrics
  • Neurodevelopment

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