Understanding and Treating Metatarsus Varus Deformity

Sep 28, 2023


At The Foot Practice, your trusted experts in podiatry and foot care, we understand the importance of addressing various foot conditions for optimal health and mobility. One such condition we specialize in is metatarsus varus deformity.

What is Metatarsus Varus Deformity?

Metatarsus varus deformity is a congenital foot abnormality that affects the arch and alignment of the foot. It is characterized by the inward bending of the forefoot, resulting in a distinctive appearance and gait abnormality. This condition can cause discomfort, pain, and difficulties with walking or wearing certain types of shoes.

Causes and Symptoms

Metatarsus varus deformity is typically present at birth and can be caused by genetic factors, abnormal positioning in the womb, or neuromuscular conditions. The condition may also arise as a result of conditions like clubfoot or developmental hip dysplasia.

Common symptoms of metatarsus varus deformity include:

  • Persistent inward turning of the forefoot
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining balance
  • Pain or discomfort during movement
  • Limited range of motion in the foot and ankle
  • Corn or callus formation

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing metatarsus varus deformity typically involves a comprehensive examination by a podiatrist, who will assess the foot's structure and alignment. X-rays or other imaging tests may also be used to evaluate the severity of the deformity and rule out other potential foot conditions.

At The Foot Practice, we offer customized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment options may include:

  1. Passive correction techniques such as stretching exercises or physical therapy to improve foot flexibility and alignment.
  2. Casting or splinting to gently realign the foot and encourage proper development.
  3. Orthotic devices, such as shoe inserts or custom-made braces, to support the foot's arch and correct alignment.
  4. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct severe deformities that do not respond to conservative treatments.

Prevention and Long-Term Management

While metatarsus varus deformity cannot always be prevented, early intervention and appropriate treatment can significantly improve outcomes. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can help detect and address any foot abnormalities during infancy or childhood.

Following successful treatment, it is important to maintain good foot health through proper footwear, foot exercises, and regular podiatric visits to ensure the condition does not reoccur or worsen over time.


Metatarsus varus deformity can be a challenging condition that affects foot function and overall quality of life. At The Foot Practice, our experienced team of podiatrists is dedicated to providing expert care to patients with this condition. We offer personalized treatment plans, taking into consideration individual needs and long-term goals, ensuring the best possible outcome for our patients. Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards improved foot health.

Mark Chick
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Nov 7, 2023
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Nov 2, 2023
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Oct 30, 2023
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Oct 22, 2023
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Oct 17, 2023
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Oct 10, 2023
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Oct 5, 2023
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Oct 3, 2023