Walking on the toes or the ball of the foot, also known as toe walking, is fairly common in children who are just beginning to walk. Children who continue toe walking beyond the toddler years often do so out of habit. As long as your child is growing and developing normally, toe walking on its own is unlikely to be a cause of concern. There may be a variable degree of tightness of the plantar flexors of the ankle that restricts passive dorsiflexion. Usually muscle and tendon manipulation can be helpful in the treatment of toe walking.