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Children with Metatarsus Adductus

Metadductus, or metatarsus adductus, is a congenital foot deformity in which the front of the foot points inward. The actual cause of metadductus is unknown, however it is believed to occur due to a breech positioning in the womb or a shortage of amniotic fluid.

In many cases, if the foot maintains flexibility, metadductus corrects on its own eventually, with no treatment needed. However, if it does not resolve or the foot is too rigid, treatment may involve stretching exercises, wearing a splint, use of correctional shoes or casting. Only rarely is surgery recommended for metadductus.

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