Childrens Podiatry | Have you heard of Metatarsus Adductus?
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Have you heard of Metatarsus Adductus?

16 Jul 2018 Have you heard of Metatarsus Adductus?

Metatarsus Adductus is a common foot condition in babies as well as young children. It is also referred to as Metatarsus Varus. Generally, the outside border of the foot is straight. However with this deformity, the front half of the foot, or forefoot appears to turn inwards.

What causes this condition?

Currently, the cause of this foot condition is unknown. However, it is thought to be related to the position of the baby in the mother’s uterus.

How is it diagnosed?

Often, babies and young children with metatarsus adductus require assessment and physical examination. During the assessment, the podiatrist will obtain a comprehensive birth history of the child as well as question if other family members have a history of this foot condition.


How is it treated?

The main aim of treatment is to realign and straighten the position of the forefoot and heel. A specific treatment plan will be determined by the podiatrist based on a number of factors:

  • The age, medical history and overall health of the child
  • The severity of the foot condition
  • The child’s tolerance of exercises, therapies and procedures

Stretching programs, a change in sleeping positions, foot casts are all potential treatment options for children with metatarsus adductus. In rare cases, in those that have a very rigid or severe case of this condition, surgery may be required.

If you have any questions or would like your child to be assessed by one of our podiatrists, don’t hesitate to call or book online today.