Why Do Children Walk On Their Toes?

ReBlogged from Dr. Brandon Macy, Clark Podiatry Center

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“Get up on your toes” is a figure of speech urging you to prepare to start something energetically. But when your child appears to be walking on tiptoe most of the time, you sense that something isn’t quite right.

Many parents fear something dire is going on, whether it might be tightness of the Achilles tendons in need of intensive physical therapy, surgery or some neurological issue which sounds even worse. Fortunately, although those situations do sometimes happen, more commonly the answer is far simpler and easier to deal with.

Feet which overpronate (flatten) too much are unstable—there is a lack of ‘leverage’ during walking and running—which is a very inefficient way of getting around. To combat this, raising up on the toes puts the foot in a more stable position. Also, depending on the balance between the forefoot and the rearfoot and the tightness of the Achilles tendon, the heel may lift off the ground prematurely during the gait cycle.

In these cases, muscles, tendons and ligaments have to work extra hard resulting in early fatigue, achiness and pain, affecting their gait and their athletic activities. Over many years, this can lead to foot deformities and arthritic damage to the feet, knees, hips and back.

Most of the time, if your child can stand with both heels on the ground, there is no major tightening of the Achilles tendon. Fortunately, providing proper support and balancing of the feet with a good set of orthotics such as our LittleSteps pediatric orthotics or our adult versions for those over the age of 10 can help deal with the majority of these situations. Using good orthotics on a daily basis can change things rather quickly, decreasing the toe walking and allowing your child to participate fully in their sports activities with less fatigue and pain—not to mention preventing larger problems into adulthood.

For more information visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.

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Back to School Poster

Free Download for your Waiting Room!

It’s that time of the year! The time all parents wait for – time to start thinking about getting their kids ready for school (and out of the house – YAY). That means new gear, new clothes, and new shoes. This is the perfect time for you to be reminding parents to check their kids’ littleSTEPS® for outgrowth, it’s likely they need a new pair to fit in those new shoes.

We have some great tools to help you remind your parents! We have a flyer that you can download and customize with your office info. You can mail it out or hand it out to every parent who gets littleSTEPS® with a reminder date for them to start checking the size of their child’s littleSTEPS® . We also have this great new WAITING ROOM POSTER that you can download for FREE to display in your waiting room to remind parents that they need to check to see if their child might need littleSTEPS® to help support their feet in the upcoming school year.

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3 ALL NEW MASTER CLASSES!

We are excited to announce that we are trying something NEW this fall and pairing our Successful Adult & Pediatric Biomechanical Master Class with 3 great events happening around the country.


Mastering Biomechanics by Taking the Mystery out of Gait AT IPED
September 12, 2019 6-9 pm

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, Coraopolis, PA

This course is a 3 hour biomechanics workshop on functional foot typing and gait analysis of pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients. You will learn a simple 4 step visual gait assessment method of foot typing based on a patented clinical assessment algorithm which identifies and differentiates the structural and functional aspects of the foot into 6 specific foot “types”. This 4-Step Foot Typing method is quick and easy to learn and will offer the practitioner a biomechanically based approach to gait assessment and foot classification.

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Adult & Pediatric Biomechanics Master Class at Region One
Thursday October 24, 2019

2019 APMA Region One/Podiatry Institute Conference
Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center 
1657 Worcester Rd Framingham, MA
CMEs Pending

Join Louis J. DeCaro, DPM and Roberta Nole, MA, PT at Region One for a special one day Pre-Conference Symposium.

This one-day program examines both the science and practice management of biomechanics, orthotics of all ages. It will include both lecture and hands on workshops that will cover the A-to-Z’s of running a successful foot orthotic program. The program will offer attendees an over-view of the normal development of a child’s foot, normal and pathological foot biomechanics and how to classify pediatric and adult foot types, specialized content on pediatric biomechanics conditions, and marketing strategies on how to expand your orthotic and bracing program. As well practitioners will be participating in a hands on biomechanics lab that will show them first hand how to biomechanically characterize and treat almost any foot type.

For more information email Casey Hoffman
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Adult & Pediatric Biomechanics
Master Class at the PFA

November 6, 2019

PFA’s 60th Annual Symposium and Exhibition
M Resort
 12300 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Henderson, NV
Pre-Approved by ABC for 6 Scientific Credits and 1 Business Credit
Pre-Approval Pending from BOC

Join Louis J. DeCaro, DPM and Roberta Nole, MA, PT, C.Ped at the PFA in Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind Master Class opportunity!

This one-day program examines both the science and practice management of biomechanics and orthotics for all ages. It will include both lecture and hands on workshops that will cover the A-to-Z’s of running a successful foot orthotic program. The program will offer attendees an overview of the normal development of a child’s foot, normal and pathological foot biomechanics, how to classify pediatric and adult foot types, specialized content on pediatric biomechanical conditions, and marketing strategies on how to expand your orthotic and bracing program. Practitioners will be participating in a hands on biomechanics lab that will demonstrate how to classify and treat almost any type of foot.

This Course is Open to DPM, PT, OT, MD, CD, CPED, CO and all medical professionals interested in our lecture topics.

For more information email Casey Hoffman
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