Adult Toe Walker

My husband is 30 years old and has walked on his toes his entire life, to the point that he has NO callousing of his heels since they have never touched the ground. His feet are extremely wide at the base of the metatarsals -- I'm afraid that his feet are spreading and collapsing. He has had ankle, knee, and back problems which are most likely due to his gait. And, my God, his gastrocs are huge! He's a poor patient -- dislikes doctors, impossible to get him to stretch on a regular basis -- but I would like to know what kind of prognosis he might have and also what interventions might be possible. Should we be concerned about future plantar fasciitis? He just recently said that all his shoes now hurt his feet, so he might be ready to try something new. Thanks for any input.

Posted By Nancy Politi on May 27, 2005 at 15:45:07:

The Active Ankle offers flexibility and security. It will feel different from anything you have ever worn for ankle protection. The hinge allows freedom of motion that you may not be accustomed to. Do not mistake this freedom of movement for lack of support. A leading university said, the Active Ankle provides more support (inversion) than the leading air-stirrup brace, the leading lace-up brace, or a tape job.

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