Metatarsus adductus -excessive curvature of the inner edge of the foot,
Metatarsus adductus is a condition that affects the structure of the foot and is often present from birth as a result of intrauterine compression. It is characterized by an excessive curvature of the inner edge of the foot, giving the appearance of an inwardly rotating foot.
Symptoms of metatarsus adductus may include visible curvature of the foot, overlapping toes, abnormal walking and foot pain. In severe cases, the child may have difficulty wearing shoes comfortably.
Treatment for metatarsus adductus depends on the severity of the curvature. In mild cases, stretching exercises, muscle strengthening, and foot orthotics may be sufficient to help correct the foot position. In more severe cases, surgery or serial casting techniques may be required to straighten the bones and tendons of the foot.
It is important to consult a podiatrist if you notice signs of metatarsus adductus in your child. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can help avoid long-term complications and improve foot function and comfort.