As a parent, you simply want what’s best for your child. When it comes to preschools, you will conduct diligent research to find the one that gives your son or daughter the best opportunity for development. Here in Carmichael, CA, there are a plethora of establishments that are concerned with your child’s wellbeing and learning. Now, we might not teach children their ABC’s, but McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group also cares, which is why we can help when metatarsus adductus leads to intoeing.
Metatarsus adductus—a frequent cause of toeing in—is a foot deformity present at birth where bones in the front half of an infant’s foot turn in or bend towards the body. This condition is widely-believed to result from the position of the infant inside the womb. There is evidence, however, pointing to the possibility that this is a hereditary condition. It is actually quite common and leads to a problem with both feet in roughly half of the cases.
Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken for intoeing. The specific treatment that we will use depends upon the rigidity of the child’s foot when we attempt to straighten it. If that sounds painful, please keep in mind that young children’s bones are still rather malleable and it is not harmful to them.
When we can manipulate the foot easily, the odds are rather good that no treatment will be needed and the condition will simply correct itself in time. In such cases, it may be best that we monitor the situation, and we will work with you to ensure that normal development is taking place.
For cases where treatment is necessary, there are both conservative and surgical care methods that can be used. With regard to non-surgical care, stretching, splints, special shoes, and casts might help to ease affected feet into normal positioning. Of those, casting is the least likely to be needed.
McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group takes pride in providing exceptional foot and ankle care for patients of all ages. There are certainly cases of metatarsus adductus that resolve themselves in time without any treatment, but we are ready to help if care is needed. We can evaluate your child’s specific condition, determine what is causing his or her feet to turn in, and create an effective treatment plan for your son or daughter. Call us today at (916) 961-3434 or schedule your appointment online today.