Tip Toe walking or walking on the balls of your foot is something that someone with autism can come do.
From the moment that I could walk I was on the balls of my feet.
I continued to do that for years and years.
Even now much of the time that I am up and walking, but that is for a different reason.
The way that it’s been explained to me is that tip toe walking starts off as a type of stim. And then it just continues.
At least that was the case for me.
Like I said above, I walked on my tip toes for years.
Even when I was in elementary, I wore mostly heels, now they weren’t six inch heels, but still heels.
But this led to problems later in my life.
At the age of maybe eleven/twelve I had to get surgery on my tendons for pain and, well, tendinitis in my achilles tendon.
What had to happen was that they had to lengthen my tendons because they were to short, and I could not walk on my flat feet.
So, after a surgery I spent the summer in two casts.
That fixed one problem.
After the surgery, I was able to walk on my flat feet.
But I still spent most of my time on the balls of my feet.
Both because if I was not conscious that I had to be on my flat feet I ended up on my toes again.
And I spent all my life on my toes, this means that I found that I was clumsier on flat feet, had less balance, didn’t know how to walk on flat feet.
So, this went on for years after the surgery, I went on with my life, Sometimes on my flat feet. But most of the time on my tip toes.
Now, as an adult, with more knowledge, life experience. And really the ability to understand the affects that my habits that you do, or don’t do, with your body, can have lasting affects on your life.
It has now been years since that surgery that I got because I has in pain.
I am now an adult.
I also now having been seeing a couple doctors because walking hurts.
One of the reasons for that is because I didn’t really do anything after I had my surgery.
But this has all lead to some chronic pain issues and pain that flairs up with every step, and even when I’ve spent days off my feet.
Now this isn’t me saying that stiming is bad, that it can lead to this type of thing.
Just that some things might, some stims should be worked with to either stop or find a substitute.
And most of all, this is me learning from my past mistakes, but I learned only after it led to me dealing with pain.
And really, all of this has just been my journey.
One that I am trying to set on the right path to hopefully get better.