What is Metatarsus Adductus?
Metatarsus Adductus (MTA) is a common foot condition in babies and young children where the front part of the foot and the toes turn in. In unaffected babies, the outside edge of the foot is straight; in metatarsus adductus, the outside edge of the foot curves inwards, giving the sole of the foot a ‘bean’ like appearance. The heel and ankle are normal.
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What causes Metatarsus Adductus?
There is no evidence to show the condition runs in families and, in many cases, it is thought to be caused by the baby being squashed in the uterus (womb) towards the end of pregnancy. It can affect one or both feet. Metatarsus Adductus causes no pain, and often gets better without treatment as a child grows; it is rarely seen in adults.
How is it diagnosed?
It is usually diagnosed by a midwife or other health professionals looking at the foot when the child is born. Sometimes, in very mild cases, it only becomes noticeable when a child learns to walk as it may cause in-toeing or ‘pigeon-toes’. Your health professional will be able to tell the difference between MTA and other possible issues with the feet.