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July 20, 2009

Update: DS toe walking

As I mention last month I was going to speak to the DR about DS's toe walking. Well last Friday, I did speak to the Dr about it and he refer us to a podiatrist. Well we went to the podiatrist today. We don't have any real answers for why DS is a toe walker and what can be done about it. However, we have a better understanding of what is going on.

It's clear that the Achilles tendon is shorten. Most likely a result of being up on his toes all the time. However the podiatrist feels that shorten Achilles tendon is the secondary caused of my DS's toe walking.

According to the x-rays that DS got done today everything is "normal", but when the podiatrist was working with my son's feet, flexing them, he felt as if there was something that was blocking my son's range of motion, besides the shorten Achilles tendon.

He feels that PERHAPS the talus bone is out of place. That PERHAPS it's a little too forward and that it is blocking my son from having his full range of motion.

We DO NOT know if this is the case for sure and will not know for sure until more medical images are taken. I have to call the hospital later today and schedule an MRI for DS. Once I have the MRI schedule then I have to call the podiatrist's office and schedule a follow up with him one week after the MRI.

If it does turn out that the talus bone is out of place then it most likely can only be corrected with surgery. Although the podiatrist also mention that they might be able to do something with physical therapy. We don't know for sure, this is all guessing right now. We just at this point need more imaging done! More imaging will give us a better understanding of what is going on. The podiatrist chose a MRI over a CT scan because he said the MRI would give us a better picture of the soft tissues. I will provide an update when I have more answers.

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  1. Thanks for your help!!!! I will give it a try! enjoyed you blog btw!!!!

  2. Funny -- we are just finally going to mention toe walking to our doctor at my son's yearly check up (which I need to make). It just seems to be getting worse and worse (he just turned eight).

  3. My 12 year old dd is a tip toer. I once asked her pediatrician and she was not worried about it. Dh is also a toe walker (and ran cross country). His doctor said he had a short tendon. His mom is a toe walker - her doctor said it was from a sensitive heel. Go figure. Some in my family make a huge deal out of it - but I'm more concerned with her over crowded mouth than her feet right now. :)

    I just chose to mostly ignore it. Our other 2 walk on their whole foot.


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