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    Default Casting for toe walking

    Has anyone had this done for their kids? What was it like?

    I've had advice from a physio to do it for 4 x week long casts for my nearly 4yo. I don't think he will cope with it but maybe I'm worrying over nothing?

    Interestingly we saw a podiatrist a few weeks before the physio and his opinion was that DS would grow out of it by himself.

    I'm feeling confused! Who would have more knowledge in this area a podiatrist or a physio? The physio specialisesin children at St Giles.

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    Hi, I had it done for me when I was 10. My poor parents dragged me from specialist to specialist each time being told I would grow out of it but I never did. Turns out the tendons in my ankles were too short. The casting worked fine - I am nearly 27 and walk flat. My only thing to mention would be that it threw me off balance. I had developed my centre of gravity whilst toe walking and it's never really been the same since. I am pretty clumsy. I would say that if you are very strict with the exercises afterwards, it may be easier to maintain. Good luck!

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    Thanks so much it's good to hear your side of it. I guess we will never know if he will grow out of it until a lot later and if we get it done now then it would be all over and done with in time to start kinder.

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    I would recommend getting a second opinion with a podiatrist first. DD3 who's 4 just saw one a few weeks ago where we discussed toe walking and casting. She was against it unless it was urgent and preferred to see if orthotics and correct shoe wear can help first. Casting was her last resort. DD3 got orthotics and has had no pain for the last 2 weeks.

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    Not the same situation as my DD wears AFOs. But I'm glad I saw both a podiatrist and two different physios before going ahead with the AFOs.
    I believe the physio could really weigh in a lot more about what could be done for her.
    So if it was me I'd look at getting a second opinion with a physio.

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    Thanks all I'm definitely going to seek a 2nd (3rd lol) opinion. I think I need some more info and options explained to me

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    Can I just butt in and ask when should I be concerned about toe walking? What made you see someone about it? 4 year old DD is constantly on her toes, even strangers comment on it. She can walk flat but seems to be more comfortable on her toes....is it something I should be getting checked out?

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    People have always commented on my son doing it but not many ppl know much about it I've found! I don't know much myself just that it shortens the Achilles (sp?) tendon over time. Some kids grow out of it and some need extra help. The casting was presented to me as the only option by the physio. Which has me feeling a bit uncertain about her advice.

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    Oh and my son is 3yrs 10 months. I brought it up at an OT appointment 6 months ago and she referred me to the in house physiotherapist.

    While I was on the waiting list I also mentioned it to my CHN who referred me to a podiatrist.

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    My daughter ( back when she was 3) had to wear special shoes with plates in them to stop her toe walking.


 

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