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By Clark Podiatry Center
May 11, 2017

While not very common, babies can have birth defects related to the feet. Many of them can be due to developmental issues, but others can have hereditary factors that cause the problem. When infants’ feet show to have rigid in-toeing, it’s likely that they have what’s called metatarsus adductus. This occurs when the bones in the front half of the foot curve in toward the big toe. About half of the babies have this issue in both feet.

Possible Causes

The infant’s position in the womb can affect the whether or not he or she is born with a problem. It can depend on a few things, like a family history, baby’s position during birth (breech position), or if the mother did not produce enough amniotic fluid during pregnancy.


Most times, treatment is not necessary for this problem if the curve is not severe. The problem can fix itself as children use their feet. However, when the case is not as mild but the feet are still flexible, treatment with a cast or special shoes may start when the child is 6 to 9 months old to straighten the foot. For severe cases, surgery may be required, but will be delayed until the child is between 4-6 years old.

Regardless of the treatment required, children will still be able to use their feet. The only problem might be deformity and developmental problems, including ankle or knee pain. Long-term effects can include developmental dislocation of the hip, where the thigh bone can slip out of the hip socket.

Does your baby have curved feet? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet to find the best treatment, if any is required. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470