Toe-walking - a tip-toe gait - is common in toddlers in the first few years of life. It may be due to

  • habit
  • unequal leg length
  • cerebral palsy or other neuromuscular disorder
  • congenital shortening (contracture) of the heel cord (Achilles tendon) and calf muscle (gastrocnemius)

It is certainly something to point out to your child's doctor at a well-child visit, especially if it is persistent (not something the child does intermittently).

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