On Her Tippy Toes…

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!

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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