Toe Walking vs Heel to Toe Walking

Toe walking is a common occurrence in toddlers.  As the baby grows and develops, their walking technique should normalize.  A normal walking pattern includes the heel strike as a step is taken.  Then, as the toddler places their foot flat their body weight transitions over their foot.  The final stage occurs as the heel begins to lift off the ground and the toddler’s weight is transitioned into the toes for push off.  Taking a step requires a harmony of balance, strength and coordination.

It is important to be mindful of these foot dynamics as your child is developing and learning to walk.  Seated walkers create an increased tendency for toe walking and decreased opportunity to practice normal heel to toe walking.   The little balance box facilitates a natural heel to toe walking pattern by allowing the baby to move freely.

Shannon Davis PT, DPT