Preparing for your appointmentBy 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:
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- 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?
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