What is Metatarsus Adductus Deformity?

Metatarsus adductus is a common forefoot deformity where the bones in the front part of the foot are bent or turned inward, towards the body. The rearfoot and ankle are usually in a normal position. Generally this condition is noticed at birth, though subtle deformity can be overlooked and unnoticed until teenage or adulthood.


A single cause for metatarsus adductus deformity remains unclear, however genetic and environmental factors have been suggested. Muscle imbalances, soft tissue contractions, and abnormal muscle insertions in the foot may contribute to the deformity. The position of the baby in the uterus can also play a role.


  • Foot has a curved shape
  • Front half of child’s foot (forefoot) turns inward
  • Inside border of the foot appears concave
  • Outside of the foot is more rounded
  • Often a wider space between the first and second toes


Understanding the underlying causes and properly diagnosing your condition is the first step to treatment. We then provide a holistic approach to helping patients and their families through their surgical journey. Properly supporting you and/or your child, while educating you on the details helps us ensure the most successful outcomes possible. Our hands on, team approach makes patients feel supported throughout the whole treatment process.

To learn more about your condition and receive a diagnosis, schedule a virtual consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic doctors. During this consultation, all your questions will be answered as our specialists guide you through the evaluation process.

Conservative treatment

  • Manipulation and stretching (by parents for mild deformity)
  • Serial casting to correct deformity past neutral
  • Reverse lace shoes
  • Combination of the above treatments

Surgical treatment

Case studies


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At the Canadian Limb Lengthening Centre we offer complex deformity correction and limb lengthening surgeries performed by experienced surgeons with the most up to date technologies. When it comes to your care, and treatment of deformity and limb length discrepancy, our surgeons have extensive training and experience.