Tips and Tricks in Adoption and Pediatrics

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Tip for Toe-Walking

From Contemporary Pediatrics ...
Illuminating approach to toe-walking

A 5-year-old patient in my practice wore orthotics for 18 months to correct toe-walking—without success. Then, his mother bought him a pair of "light-up" sneakers for his birthday. For the lights to work, the child had to come down on his heel with each step. He was so motivated to get his sneakers to light up that he stopped walking on his toes. At first, the boy walked normally only when wearing sneakers. After he he had worn them for two months, however, his gait improved markedly, and now he toe-walks only 10% of the time.