Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A
Other Names for this Disease
- Charcot Marie Tooth disease type 1A
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, demyelinating, type 1A
- CMT 1A
- Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy 1A
Your QuestionMy daughter's father was diagnosed with CMT1A in childhood. My daughter is very active and we decided to not have her tested, unless she shows symptoms. I have noticed that her hands sometimes shake. Should this be a concern? Also she walks on her tip toes. She has since she started walking. However I did too as a child and I don't have the disease. Her father has stated that he has never been physically able to walk on his toes even as a child. I read so many things on the internet and it's so confusing. Her feet do not look abnormal. Anyway I was just wondering about the toe walking and the hands shaking sometimes.
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Toe walking is not typically an early sign of CMT1A, rather more often it is a "slap foot gait" due to weakness in the lower legs (foot drop). Clumbsiness or frequent tripping are other early signs. As CMT1A progresses a person may develop tight heel cords. Children with tight heel cords often walk on their toes, however toe walking is a common habit among unaffected children as well.
The following online resources can also help you find a professional in your community:
- The National Society of Genetic Counselors provides a searchable directory of US and international genetic counseling services.
- The American College of Medical Genetics has a searchable database of US genetics clinics.
- The Muscular Dystrophy Association offers clinical services throughout the US that provide care to people with CMT.
- The American Academy of Neurology has a Find a Neurologist tool.
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- Tremor Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). February 10, 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tremor/detail_tremor.htm. Accessed 3/17/2014.
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