Metatarsus Adductus is a common foot deformity affecting around 1 to 2 children in around 1000 births. In such cases, the bones in the middle of the foot, the metatarsals, curve inwards, causing the front part of a child’s foot to be turned inward in relation to the rear foot. Children diagnosed with the condition frequently have a visible deformity where the front part of the foot faces inward and it is common for both feet to be affected. This can be of great concern to parents, but there are non-invasive, painless treatment options available for correcting the deformity.
Signs and symptoms
During the early stages of your child’s development or at birth, you or your physician may notice that your child’s foot has a curved shape. In more obvious cases, the forefoot may be rotated inward and pointing towards the midline of the body, and the outside of the foot may also appear to be rounded. While ‘club foot’ may appear visually similar to metatarsus adductus, there is no foot drop present for the latter.
This deformity may or may not cause pain to your child initially, however, altered alignment of the forefoot for any prolonged period may put increased stress on other joints of the body, leading to conditions such as the early onset of osteoarthritis in the damaged joints.