Metatarsus adductus is a common foot deformity that causes the front half of the foot to turn inward. It may be classified as flexible or non-flexible.

This condition is often visible at birth. Babies with metatarsus adductus are at an increased risk for developmental hip dysplasia. It may also cause differences in leg length and lead a child to walk with a limp.

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What are the signs and symptoms of metatarsus adductus?

  • Front part of the foot points inward
  • Foot may have a curved shape
  • Foot may point slightly under

What causes metatarsus adductus?

The exact cause of metatarsus adductus is unknown. One theory suggests the position of the fetus may contribute to this condition.

How is metatarsus adductus diagnosed?

  • Physical exam
  • X-rays if necessary

How is metatarsus adductus treated?

In most cases, metatarsus adductus resolves on its own and treatment is not needed. Stretching exercises may be recommended in some cases.

Surgery is rarely necessary. It is only recommended for children age 4 or older with a severe deformity. Doctors at Connecticut Children’s can determine the right treatment for your child’s condition.