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A 40-year-old male asked:

2 yr toddler has ingrown toe nails.has always preferred to walk n jump on the toes like ballerinas.doc suspects infection.how to stop him walk on toes?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Needs evaluation: 1st thing is that your toddler needs to be evaluated to see if there is a medical reason he walks on toes such as short achilles tendon or equinus. If not then exercises may be needed.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Time may improve it: It is not uncommon for some kids to toe walk some of the time up until 3 yo. By that point most abandon the practice. I usually suggest the parents flex the forefoot upward in a playful way to identify any tightness in the tendon in back.It should flex up without restriction or be evaluated and treated by a pediatric podiatrist or pediatric orthopedist.
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Last updated Jan 2, 2015

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