Although the incidence of under or overlapping toes is not high, if your child is one of the few born with this type of abnormality, you will want to discuss how to help them lie straight. In the past, your options were to see if the problem resolved on its own or correct underlapping toes surgically.
However, a study from 2004 to 2006 showed that a straightening and taping regimen could correct this toe deformity in newborns. The simple procedure is done right in our office with no pain, no anesthetics, and no incisions needed. It is safe for your baby and helps in the majority of cases.
If the toe is not corrected in a newborn, it will likely need surgery later on. This can involve lengthening or cutting tight tendons, or cutting and repositioning a bone. Procedures like this are only used after other conservative treatments for pain or irritation have not resolved your issues.
Our podiatrists are excellent surgeons as well, so whether you want the latest in noninvasive treatment or need surgery for your toe deformity, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can call our office in Chandler, AZ at (480) 963-9000, or our Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800, or request a visit using out contact form.