Your child’s healthcare provider can diagnose metatarsus adductus with an exam. During the exam, the provider may ask about your child’s birth history and if other family members had the condition.
Your child’s healthcare provider may use passive manipulation to see if your child has flexible or nonflexible metatarsus adductus. This technique puts gentle pressure on the forefoot to align it with the heel. If the forefoot can be aligned, your child has flexible metatarsus adductus. If it is hard to align, your child has a nonflexible, or stiff, foot.
Your child may also need X-rays. This is often done if the case is severe or the foot is nonflexible.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Most children with metatarsus adductus don’t need treatment. The foot often straightens out as the child grows. If treatment is needed, it depends on how easily the affected foot bends. The goal of treatment is to straighten the position of the forefoot and heel. Treatment may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: