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22 Sep 2007, 1:10 am

i always find myself walking on my tip toes. i've walked like this for as long as i can remember. 35 to 40% of the time i'm on my tip toes while the otha half i'm flat footed. afta doin sum research i found out this can b linked to autism. has anyone else on this board experienced this. kids who do this grow out of dis phase b4 dere 4 yrs old. i'm 21.



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22 Sep 2007, 1:16 am

Sorry, wish I could link another thread on this subject. Been a while and have no idea how far back it's buried. It got a good number of responses stating they were, don't recall how many still do. But certainly enough new members around to bring it up again. I may have, I'm not sure. I tend to have my weight more to the front then a lot I guess. My daughter certainly was a toe walker.


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22 Sep 2007, 1:27 am

My daughter has always been a toe-walker.
We were worried it would shorten her achilles tendon significantly so she wouldn't be able to run very well,etc.

She seem to do fine.

I have no idea if she is Aspie in any way. Perhaps has some traits, but not what I would call Aspie.


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22 Sep 2007, 2:37 am

I am 32 and I walk on my toes at least 30 percent of the time....it was one of the things that gradually clued me in to the fact that I might be on the autistic spectrum....i did it full time as a kid and never grew out of it..yes it has messed with my achilles tendons, and made it difficult for me to run very well...I have had other motor difficulties besides....it could be that it is just habitual and has nothing to do with whether or not I am on the spectrum..but it is one of the things that did make me pursue the autistic spectrum further...ummm...I don't want to scare anyone into thinking that just because their kid walks on their toes that that they must be autistic, but according to what I have read, they apparently ought to be checked out itf they don't grow out of it after the after the age of six.... just in case.



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22 Sep 2007, 3:14 am

I used to walk on my toes until i was about 12 and then started walking flat footed and still do.


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22 Sep 2007, 3:32 am

For me it went along with alot of other symptoms besides, though I was never diagnosed with AS. I do have difficulty bonding with other people...have difficulty making eye contact.....stuff like that....
Am quite somewhat immature for my age...I sorta stopped emotionally maturing in my teens...When I was 19, I was described by co-workers as being more like a 12 year old. When i was 27, I was described by people who didn't like me as being more like an 8 year old. I guess at 32 I am mentally somewhere between 12 and 19.

I have sort of above average intelligence in certain fields, but signifigantly below average intelligence in other fields...mostly involving practicality.



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22 Sep 2007, 5:29 am

yehhh i only realised walking on ur tip toes was bad for u wen i did the research. but wen i walk on my tip toes it kinda varies. sumtimes my heel wuld b 3cm from the ground, or sumtimes 8cm. its not a good look on a guy. i also use cutlery funny wen i'm cuttin a steak or sumthin as well as the way i hold a glass



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22 Sep 2007, 5:54 am

Never done it.



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22 Sep 2007, 8:46 am

Danielismyname wrote:
Never done it.


It is funny. People tend to take things like this less literally than I do! ***I*** figure walking on your toes means walking on your toes. Most here seem to feel that walking on your toes means walking on the ball of the foot.

I think a monotone voice is a voice with one tone. Most here, and I guess talking about autism, feel that a monotone voice is a voice that can have many tones, but lacks inflection.

I have only walked on my actual toes when needed, or to see how long I could, but I have walked more on the ball of the foot before. I have only spoken with one tone to be funny or when needed. I HAVE caught myself speaking without inflection though.



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22 Sep 2007, 8:56 am

This is interesting. My two siblings and I were all toe-walkers. Our doctor had my parents take us to Easter Seals when we were babies, and they put casts and braces on our legs. I sometimes still toe-walk, but mostly, I'm told that my ankles cave in. I've actually had problems running, because if I'm not careful, my feet cave inward and I end up spraining or twisting my ankles. The ankle thing also makes me self-conscious, because my legs are closer together and my walk has a distinctive "sound" -- the swishing of my pants, the rubbing together of my shoes. Actually, toe-walking helps eliminate some of the weird sounds.

I've always been really embarrassed by the way I walk. Kids made fun of me in grade school. They told me that I had clown feet. :oops:



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22 Sep 2007, 9:46 am

<-- toe walker.

i remember once when i was at work, my boss accused me of "sneaking". i didn't even realized i was tippy-toe walking. Image


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22 Sep 2007, 11:04 am

kuiamalynne wrote:
This is interesting. My two siblings and I were all toe-walkers. Our doctor had my parents take us to Easter Seals when we were babies, and they put casts and braces on our legs. I sometimes still toe-walk, but mostly, I'm told that my ankles cave in. I've actually had problems running, because if I'm not careful, my feet cave inward and I end up spraining or twisting my ankles. The ankle thing also makes me self-conscious, because my legs are closer together and my walk has a distinctive "sound" -- the swishing of my pants, the rubbing together of my shoes. Actually, toe-walking helps eliminate some of the weird sounds.

I've always been really embarrassed by the way I walk. Kids made fun of me in grade school. They told me that I had clown feet. :oops:


Are your siblings AS too?

I was hardly aware that there was anything wrong with the way I walked till the kids started making fun in school. My parents never made an issue of it. Every time I got a new pair of shoes, I thought that these were the shoes that would magicly force me to walk flat footed.
My grandmother took me to a foot doctor when I was in my teens and he told me that it should have been corrected when I was much younger. He also said that I would need an operation to correct it that would put me in a wheel chair for 6 months...because he said my achilles tendons were too short and I was developing tumors between my toes that would eventually render me unable to walk. I never had the operation...and I can walk just fine.

I am also inclined to having my ankles cave in. It usually happens very suddenly and then I am out(unable to walk for 2 weeks)
In proportion to the rest of my body, my feet and ankles are tiny and fragile.
When I am not walking on the balls of my feet (I call it toe-walking due to years of having people saying "Why do you walk on your toes") I have a sorta graceless flappy shuffly gait.



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22 Sep 2007, 11:15 am

Tony Attwood mentioned that people with AS often walk with a bouncy or stilted gait. I have been told that I walk with a "bounce", which is probably similar to walking on my toes. I also walk quietly, and have been accused of sneaking up on people. When I consciously think about how I am walking, I usually end up feeling very awkward and unnatural in the way I walk. My legs might even get sore from trying to walk "normal."



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22 Sep 2007, 11:37 am

Never heard that one, bouncy gate. I weaned myself out of it. I'm very concious of my gate in public. Took a while of teasing as a kid to undstand I walked differently.


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22 Sep 2007, 1:07 pm

poopylungstuffing wrote:

Are your siblings AS too?

I was hardly aware that there was anything wrong with the way I walked till the kids started making fun in school. My parents never made an issue of it. Every time I got a new pair of shoes, I thought that these were the shoes that would magicly force me to walk flat footed.
My grandmother took me to a foot doctor when I was in my teens and he told me that it should have been corrected when I was much younger. He also said that I would need an operation to correct it that would put me in a wheel chair for 6 months...because he said my achilles tendons were too short and I was developing tumors between my toes that would eventually render me unable to walk. I never had the operation...and I can walk just fine.

I am also inclined to having my ankles cave in. It usually happens very suddenly and then I am out(unable to walk for 2 weeks)
In proportion to the rest of my body, my feet and ankles are tiny and fragile.
When I am not walking on the balls of my feet (I call it toe-walking due to years of having people saying "Why do you walk on your toes") I have a sorta graceless flappy shuffly gait.


I am the only one in my family with an AS diagnosis, probably because I'm the only one who's ever been tested for anything. I'm also the oldest. I'm pretty certain that my brother and sister are both on the spectrum somewhere, and if they aren't, they certainly exhibit many AS traits. All three of us are former toe-walkers and high school dropouts, among other things. We're not carbon copies, of course, and I don't think this makes any of us more AS than the other -- we're just different people with our own individual quirks.

That's interesting what you said about the ankles caving in, and the problems with shoes. My mom tried sticking extra insoles in my shoes to keep me balanced and off my toes. She also tried going to a cobbler, but none of that helped much. As far as I know, I haven't "damaged" my feet, but I do have pain in my arches and ankles, and I seem more prone to injury because of my gait. (I've got an emergency cane and ace bandages galore for these instances.)



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22 Sep 2007, 2:20 pm

i rarely find myself doing this, but i do like bouncing on trampolines and thats sortof kindof like walking on tiptoes :D