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Metatarsus adductus is the most common foot condition seen in infants and small children. In this condition, the toes appear to bend inward toward the midline of the body. Metatarsus adductus may also be called “toeing in.” Many infants are born with this condition, and it usually clears up on its own.
Metatarsus Adductus: What You Need to Know
- No one knows what causes metatarsus adductus.
- Infants are born with this condition; they do not develop it after birth.
- In about 86 percent of infants, metatarsus adductus goes away on its own. Another 10 percent of children continue to have a mild foot deformity after age 2. This does not usually affect their ability to walk, run or function normally.
- Metatarsus adductus is usually treated without surgery.
- In rare instances, surgery may be performed to correct a severe foot deformity due to metatarsus adductus.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of metatarsus adductus?
Our physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in pediatric orthopaedics and play a key role in providing care to our patients and families.
Meet our staff that cares for infants with metatarsus adductus:
Melissa Fought, C.R.N.P.
Colleen Lenz, C.R.N.P.
Kristen Venuti, C.R.N.P.
Karen Wille, P.A.-C.
Mary Yost, C.R.N.P.
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