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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:

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