Brachymetatarsia is a condition causing one or more abnormally short or overlapping toes. This condition commonly occurs in both feet and in the fourth toe. In most cases, brachymetatarsia results when the growth plate in your toe closes prematurely; once the growth plate closes, your bone can no longer grow. Reasons for this may stem from genetic factors or caused by trauma to the foot.
With normal length of all five toes, your weight is distributed equally when walking. With brachymetatarsia, the affected toe(s) are unable to properly distribute your body weight, resulting in extra weight distributed to the remaining normal toes. This overcompensation has the potential to cause discomfort, pain and further deformity.
Treatment for brachymetatarsia is rather limited. Minimally invasive treatment involves wearing shoes with extra depth to allow more room for your shortened toe, shoes with padding to protect your toe from pressure and friction, and orthotics. In some cases, however, surgery is necessary. During your appointment, your podiatrist will determine which treatment option best fits your unique needs.
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