Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll probably first bring your concerns to the attention of your family doctor or pediatrician. He or she may refer you to a doctor specializing in nerve function (neurologist) or orthopedic surgery.

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of questions for the doctor, including:

  • What could be causing toe walking in my child?
  • Are any tests needed? If so, what are they?
  • What treatments are recommended for this problem?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • Does your child have any other medical problems?
  • Do you have a family history of muscular dystrophy or autism?
  • Was your child born prematurely?
  • Did your child previously walk flat-footed and only recently begin to toe walk?
  • Can your child walk on his or her heels if you ask?
  • Does your child avoid eye contact or exhibit repetitive behaviors such as rocking or spinning?
Mar. 22, 2012

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