What is Metatarsus Adductus?
Metatarsus adductus, also known as metatarsus varus, is a common foot deformity noted at birth that causes adduction (inwards sway) of the toes and forefoot toward the mid-line of the body
Symptoms of Metatarsus Adductus
If your child has metatarsus adductus, you may notice that his or her foot has a curved shape. The front part of the foot (forefoot) points inward and may be turned slightly under.
Causes of Metatarsus Adductus
The cause of metatarsus adductus remains unknown. However, several factors may put your child at greater risk, including
• Family history of metatarsus adductus
• Position of the baby in the uterus, especially with breech presentations
• Insufficient amniotic fluid when the child is in the uterus
• Sleeping position of the baby (babies sleeping on their stomach may increase the tendency of the feet to turn inward).
When to see a podiatrist?
Unfortunately, children can’t always explain what they’re feeling other than saying it hurts. It is therefore vital for parents and people involved in the child’s upbringing, to pay close attention to the development of your child’s feet.
Treatment for Metatarsus Adductus
- Prescription orthotics
- Correct footwear
- Pain management
- Discourage bad posture e.g. TV position and sleeping posture
Is Metatarsus Adductus covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether your children’s treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.