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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:58 am 
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Should I be concerned? My 13 month old baby girl has been confidently crawling, pulling herself up and "cruising" the furniture since she was 7 months. She cannot stand solo as she will not put her left foot flat. Everyone has always commented that she will be an early walker. However they also comment on how she is always on her toes. She can put her right foot flat when standing and walking around furniture, but is often on her toes because she is lopsided when her right foot is flat. I have never used a baby walker. Should I see a specialist? Someone suggested that when she is relaxed to push back her feet into the flat position to stretch her muscles; but again, when I do this she is very tight on her left leg and normally will not let me put her foot flat. Any suggestions would be great.
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Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:55 pm 
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my nephew is the same - tippy toes on his left foot. Apparently he has a short achilles tendon at the moment, but it's perfectly normal. He's 12 months now, and not walking either, but definitely showing signs of getting close. My sis-in-law's pediatrition recommended soft surface walking to allow him to stretch naturally - grass, sand or very thick carpet all work.

Sounds like yours is similar, I'm sure she'll get there!!!
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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:52 pm 
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Thanks so much for replying. We will be outside on the grass today!!
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Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:12 am 
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let me know how you get on!! my nephew still seems to be struggling quite a bit with it, and my sis-in-law is starting to get more worried now. Will be interesting to compare progress.

Was easier when the sun was shining and gardens and beach were more fun!!
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Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:48 am 
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I visited my local baby nurse today and asked her about this problem. She has advised me to visit my local doctor with the view to talk with the children's hospital's physiotherapists. She said not to be too concerned at this stage as she is still only 13months; however given that family history shows that we were all early walkers, it wouldn't hurt to get on top of any problems as soon as possible. She said it may just be a matter of simple exercises to stretch muscles. It's coming into summer in Sydney so plenty of warm weather for walking practise. I will keep you posted - there may be a little bit of a wait to see the physio.
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Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:36 am 
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thanks!

I'm seeing sis-in-law and nephew on Sunday for his Christening, so will see how he's doing with it then. Her doc's advice was just that it will sort itself out soon enough and not to worry Very Happy
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Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:22 am 
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Hi I'm new to the forum and I joined mainly to have my same concern discussed. What's even more of a concern is that my lad is 15 months old. Like your daughter he's been surfing the furniture for months now but not making any effort to walk. Also tiptoeing on both feet. We've tried walkers etc but just not interested. Maybe a trip to the doctor's is in order. Eamon
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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:49 pm 
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Hi Eamon

my nephew is 13 months now, and still the same - doc says not to worry, he'll walk when he needs to/wants to. Come back and let us know if ur told anything else!

Anna
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Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:39 am 
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We saw the children's hospital physiotherapist today and whilst I still have no answers, we are off to see the doctor on Friday to get a referral to a paediatric orthopedic specialist. My daughter's left foot is very "stiff" and it is extremely difficult to get her foot into the flat position. She is an extremely active toddler which makes it very difficult to do stretching exercises on her foot. Worst case scenario is that she will need to wear plaster casts on her feet to help stretch the muscles. I will keep you updated.
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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:55 am 
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My daughter is now walking!!!! One foot is flat and the other on tippy toes - I don't know how she does it, but she has figured out how to balance on her toes and is walking everywhere. Re. the left foot not weight bearing; we are booked to see a paediatrician at the end of November and then will proceed to soft plaster splints to stop the tippy toe walking. But you never know, since she is now walking she may figure out that the foot should be flat...here's hoping...
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Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:11 am 
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I spoke to the childrens hospital physio today advising them of my daughters walking and they have to decided to put her in soft plaster splints this week.
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Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:00 am 
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5 days in soft plasters, 1 day off, and then another 6 days in soft plasters, my daughter has been walking on 2 flat feet for 2 weeks. She has to wear a splint at night and we do "exercise in play" to ensure the muscle doesn't revert back, but everything looks good. We have a review every 2 weeks with the physio and the paediatrition wants to see my daughter in Feb to make sure everything is still good.
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