12:0AM, Jun 21st 2012
Michael Copeman answers a query about this toddler habit
A. Many young children, and especially boys, go through a phase of toe-walking - and we don't know why. It is more common in children who show some autistic traits but most children who toe-walk do not have this problem.
However, toe-walking in young children can be a concern, as it may indicate that the calf muscles are too tight - which may ge a sign of nerve damage, for example, as occurs in children with cerebral palsy. So, it is important to have your child's nerves, muscles and development reviewed by your GP.
If there is an underlying problem with the nerves and muscles, this can often be treated nowadays - for example, by careful use of botulinum toxin injections into the legs, to even up the balance of muscle tone, and allow your child to walk with feel flat on the floor.
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