Metatarsus Adductus

Also known as: metatarsus varus

What is metatarsus adductus?

When the front half of the foot is turned inward at birth, the condition present may be metatarsus adductus. It can be flexible, where the curve can be moved somewhat by hand, or nonflexible.

What causes metatarsus adductus?
The exact cause of metatarsus adductus is not known. It may have something to do with the position of the fetus in the womb before birth. It can also run in families in some cases.

What are the symptoms of metatarsus adductus?
Over time, the curved foot present with metatarsus adductus can lead to other complications, such as in-toeing or hip dysplasia where the bone slips out of the hip socket.

What are metatarsus adductus care options?
In most cases, treatment for metatarsus adductus is not needed. Sometimes stretches, splints or casts can help solve the problem. Surgery is rare for metatarsus adductus.

Reviewed by: Avi Baitner, MD

This page was last updated on: 5/22/2018 11:57:47 AM

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