Treating Toe Walking and Connecting the Sensory Dots


Idiopathic toe walking, if not treated, can sometimes lead to problems with a child’s leg and foot as they get older.  Early classification and intervention for your patient, can help formulate a treatment plan that supports both the primary (i.e. sensory based) and secondary (i.e. musculoskeletal) reasons for toe walking.  This course will deepen the learner’s insight into various factors that contribute to toe walking as well as discuss the importance of collaboratively identifying a well-rounded treatment plan.  The earlier a child has intervention for physical, emotional and educational abnormalities, the better the outcome.       

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the possible associated causes of toe walking
  • Describe idiopathic toe walking incidence
  • Classify toe walking through assessment techniques
  • List systems and their impact on the patient’s movement
  • Outline treatment options based on assessment analysis that includes a well-rounded approach to the child’s unique presentation

AOTA Classification Codes

  • First Content Focus Domain of OT: Client Factors
  • Second Content Focus: Domain of OT: Activity Demands

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.