Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Prevalence of Toe Walking
Pediatrics will be publishing research on toe walking in children. A recent study looked at almost 1500 five and half year old children from Sweden. For children with a diagnosis of developmental delay or neuropsychiatric disorders, such as an autism spectrum disorder, more than 40 percent of children were currently or had been toe-walkers.
The study revealed that about 5% of the group of children had idiopathic toe walking. Most of the 5% started off walking on their toes and less started toe walking in the first year of walking. More than half of the children with a history of idiopathic toe walking were no longer toe walkers at 5.5 years of age.
This research confirmed that toe walking has a higher prevelance in children with a cognitive disorder but no cause and effect relationship was established.
Reference: Pähr Engström and Kristina Tedroff. The Prevalence and Course of Idiopathic Toe-Walking in 5-Year-Old Children. Pediatrics peds.2012-0225; Published online July 23, 2012 (10.1542/peds.2012-0225)
Check out previous blog posts on toe walking: