Most babies are born with normal feet, despite the few structural abnormalities that may occur. These can include clubfoot and overlapping toes and may be treated without having surgery. Clubfoot is defined as developing in the womb, and the baby is born with twisted feet that point inward and down. Metatarsus adductus is a congenital foot condition that causes the baby’s toes to point in and they can be difficult to straighten. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary for permanent straightening. Babies who are born with one or more extra toes are known to be polydactyly. It is a fairly common condition and may happen for genetic reasons. Some babies are born with certain toes that overlap and are noticeable when the pinky toe crosses the fourth toe. It is generally not a bothersome condition, but special shoes may need to be worn. If you would like additional information about congenital foot problems, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with the knowledge you are seeking.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Devin Bland, DPM of Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
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