When a person walks on the toes or ball of the foot, it is termed toe walking. This condition is most often seen in young children who are learning to walk. Toe walking can be habitual or caused by a shortened Achilles tendon (equinus deformity) and is often associated with a neurological or muscular disorder. If the child does not outgrow this manner of walking, they should be evaluated by a medical professional.
“The cause of habitual or idiopathic toe walking is unknown. Depending on the severity of the affliction, remedies can include physical therapy, leg braces, serial casting, or surgery.”