Some people, often young children, walk on their toes rather than any other part of foot. Such people walk with their toes pointed inwards. This condition is referred to as in-toe walking or pigeon-toed. Generally, as time passes, young children adopt to normal walking. Some people may continue with their toe walking. People of any age may suffer from this disease condition. Pain is usually not indicated, however, frequent falling in people is noticed.
Different factors exists that causes in-toe walking in people. Some form of orthopedic or genetic condition or neurological immaturity may cause in-toeing. Typically, the causes are classified into three types:
The common symptoms of in-toe walking include:
The treatment for in-toe walking is basically not given to children below 2 years. Such children are carefully observed to see if the condition spontaneously resolves with time. For persistent toe walking, non-surgical treatment is opted. Surgery is seldom chosen.
The patient can leave the hospital after 2 days stay. Regular cleaning of wound is essential. Casts may be used in the affected part after surgery. This ensures that tissues do not loosen while healing. The recovery varies for every patient.
Commonly seen risks in toe-walking treatment are: