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metatarsus adductus & gastroc equinus

Posted by Marla Hammett on 2/19/02 at 16:18 (074325)

What is these and what can be done for it?

Re: metatarsus adductus & gastroc equinus

BG CPed on 2/19/02 at 18:30 (074340)

That is a question that needs more info to answer. Is it a child or adult? what degree is it? is the pt symptomatic? It would generally be a foot that was unstable and the 'ad-ducted' means the metatarsals are curved inward, if you were looking down at your right foot it would curve outward then inward at the ends, kind of like a banana on its side.

In a small child sometimes casting or bracing will correct it if it is not a severe case. In an older child or adult if an orthotic or brace doesnt control symptoms surg may be indicated. You can ask the Docs on here or ask the Doc that is treating or diagnosed the pt you are asking about

Re: metatarsus adductus & gastroc equinus

BG CPed on 2/19/02 at 18:42 (074344)

P.S. The majority of young children will grow out of it. Many more can be treated with serial casting. It is changed every few weeks. They may also recomend some hand manipulation and discourage lying or sitting indian style with feet and legs tucked inward.

In some cases there is a twisted alignment of the lower legs or in the hips. If you are not happy with the treatment dont feel bad about getting another look from a specialist. It is your child and there is a bit of a time factor involved.

Re: metatarsus adductus & gastroc equinus

BG CPed on 2/19/02 at 18:30 (074340)

That is a question that needs more info to answer. Is it a child or adult? what degree is it? is the pt symptomatic? It would generally be a foot that was unstable and the 'ad-ducted' means the metatarsals are curved inward, if you were looking down at your right foot it would curve outward then inward at the ends, kind of like a banana on its side.

In a small child sometimes casting or bracing will correct it if it is not a severe case. In an older child or adult if an orthotic or brace doesnt control symptoms surg may be indicated. You can ask the Docs on here or ask the Doc that is treating or diagnosed the pt you are asking about

Re: metatarsus adductus & gastroc equinus

BG CPed on 2/19/02 at 18:42 (074344)

P.S. The majority of young children will grow out of it. Many more can be treated with serial casting. It is changed every few weeks. They may also recomend some hand manipulation and discourage lying or sitting indian style with feet and legs tucked inward.

In some cases there is a twisted alignment of the lower legs or in the hips. If you are not happy with the treatment dont feel bad about getting another look from a specialist. It is your child and there is a bit of a time factor involved.