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I have walked on my toes since i was a baby and so did my mom, but no i am 14 and i have been develpoing bad foot pain around my toes and that area on my foot,I dont know what it is,!! if you kno plzplz post!

thanks
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replied February 5th, 2008
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What do you mean you walk on your toes. are you saying your heels don't touch the ground, if this is the case I'm surprised that you made it to 14 without serious foot pain, regardless of whether your mum was the same, your foot is not designed to function this way, the extra force is probably damaging your joints and soft tissue see a good doctor soon.
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replied October 5th, 2011
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I have been walking on my toes since I was a baby as well. I stand on my toes, run on my toes as my heels never ever touch the ground. When I was younger I had braces, cast , ert... nothing worked. I am 30 now and still wall on my toes. I have not experienced any foot pain. I have huge calves and very ugly feet. The bone structure in my feet are ruined as I cannot wear cue sandals in the summer. Other than that I have no issues as of yet.
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replied February 5th, 2008
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I might know just what you are talking about. I also used to walk on my "toes". This was somewhat due to having had Osgood Schlatter's disease as a child, which left me with bi-latteral patella-alta, which has led to chondromalatia and osteo-arthritis. The other reason being that I have flat-feet.

The short version of this, is that I was walking on my toes because:

1. I was trying to gaurd my knees from having to go into full extension and in doing so avoid dislocation.
2. I have flat feet and turn my feet in as I walk.

You might want to first see a pediatrist to evaluate your stance/walking and check for flat feet. I have recently gotten inserts for my shoes to compensate for my flat arch and it helps a lot. More interesting however, is even though I am now walking "properly", I now have the sensation of walking on my toes while actually walking with my feet flat. That suggests that you might be having the sensation of "walking on your toes" while in fact, that is how you would feel if the arch of your foot is correct, which would allow your heel to touch the ground while walking.

If the pediatrist can't find anything wrong, you might want to see a knee specialist and get your knees evaluated for any abnormalities.

I hope this made sense Wink
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replied February 8th, 2008
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Thanks!~ Smile
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replied August 7th, 2009
I'm fifteen now, and I've walked on my toes ever since I learned to walk. However, I do occassionally get foot pains in the ball of my foot, but when I walk on my toes, it alleviates the pain better than walking heel-toe. First let me explain toe-walking, as it's called. The formal term is "digigrade", which is caused by a shortened Achilles tendon. Not to fear, you should be fine. I take it that while you can occassionally walk heel-toe, you cannot run that way, like me? Also, if you have been walking on your toes since you were a baby like I have, your feet have formed as they grew to accomodate you shifting your weight over the balls of your feet instead evenly over your heels? Also, I take the heels of your shoes are less worn than the balls of them, like mine are? Don't worry, you're perfectly fine, aside from the pain, which you should probably lay off the toe-walking, and try walking heel-toe for a bit. Try getting some joint cream.
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replied September 11th, 2011
Help!!!!
I am 18 years old and I have been walking on my heels since I was a baby. I run on my heels , walk, I even stomp on my heel(when I use to cheer). Walking on my heels is a way of life , but currently I have been having foot pain.I try to walk heel to toe but it makes the pain worse. If I seat down for five minutes and try to stand up sharpe pains run through my feet.The only way it would stop hurting is if I walk on my heels. I usualy wear heels through out the day so it would feel like I am walking on my heels.I need help!
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replied September 12th, 2013
Toe walking is quite normal , but when your body weight exceeded the normal weight then ur toes will start experiencing pain . The best way is that u can gym out or try to walk normally. Too much of abnormal walking or running too cause toe pain compared to normal walker. The toe walker also experiences a back pain , But toe walkers are really athletic and they are good runners.
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