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Toe-walking

Toe-walking

Nearly every child begins to walk at 12 to 14months with his or her feet flat on the ground. Nevertheless, there are some children who begin walking on their tip toes instead. This normally disappears within 3 to 6 months of learning how to walk. Tip-toe walking means your child is only using the balls of the feet, and the heel is not really coming in contact with the ground. Children often experiment with walking on their toes when they first learn to walk. Until the age of 2, toe walking isn't something to be worried about; often children who toe walk even after that do so out of habit. However, there are some signs that may not be normal when your child is tip - toeing.

Possible signs to watch out for before you contact your doctor:

• Has stiff muscles
• Is uncoordinated
• Walks awkwardly, stumbles, or has a waddling gait
• Seems as though she or he can't bear his/her weight on a flat floor
• Has fine motor skills that don't seem to be developing normally (or example, she or he can't button her/his shirt)
• Loses motor skills he or she already had

If you're child shows these signs, please get in touch with your doctor at the earliest!