Toe walking is a pattern of walking where by the child is up on the ball of their feet with no heel contact. Idiopathic toe walking is when a child walks on the balls of their feet for an unknown reason. Idiopathic toe walking is a term used in an otherwise healthy child who has been evaluated by their Doctor and no medical reason has been identified. A custom designed Ankle Foot Orthotic(AFO) with and articulated ankle is a non-invasive treatment for Idiopathic toe walking. These AFO’s allow for near normal ambulation and fits into most footwear. With Idiopathic toe walkers the child tends to be on there toes when walking or running, this prolonged downward position of the foot can allow calf muscles to contract and tighten over time causing future range of motion issues which may need to be treated with serial casting or surgical lengthening procedures. Contact Biodesign Prosthetics & Orthotics to see what we can do for your child.