Common Digital Deformity in Children

Examination of children’s feet is an integral part of podiatry. Often, children have structural imbalance of the feet that may go unrecognized and can lead to other deformities and imbalances within the skeletal system. When detected early, these imbalances of the feet, some of which are related to the bone structure, are treated so that a sturdier foundation can be provided for during later years.


Deformities of the toes are common in the pediatric population. Generally they are congenital in nature with both or one of the parents having the same or similar condition. Many of these deformities are present at birth and can become worse with time. Rarely do children outgrow these deformities. Common digital deformities are underlaping toes, overlapping toes, flexed or contracted toes and mallet toes.


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