Metatarsus Adductus Symptoms & Causes

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

Contact the Lower Extremity Program

  • 1-617-355-6021
  • International: +01-617-355-5209
  • Locations

What causes 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).

Does metatarsus adductus cause any other complications?

Babies with metatarsus adductus may be at an increased risk for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), a condition of the hip joint in which the top of the thigh (femur) slips in and out of its socket, because the socket is too shallow to keep the joint intact. DDH can cause differences in leg length, or cause your child to walk with a limp.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 617-355-6000 | 800-355-7944

Close