On Her Tippy Toes…

A mother from Texas inquired “My 20-month-old daughter constantly walks on her tip-toes. Should I be concerned?”

A: If your daughter’s regular physicals have been normal and she is able to stand briefly with her heels down, I would relax. Toe walking often worries parents, but up until age three it is quite normal. You might gently stretch her calf muscles from time to time by pushing up on her feet, or treat her to a calf massage. And cherish those months when she bounces through life with such a spring in her step!

Published on: July 27, 1999
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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