Overlapping toes

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Overlapping toes 2017-10-25T21:32:19+00:00

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What are overlapping toes (Overlapping fifth toe)?

This deformity is characterised by one toe lying on top of an adjacent toe. The most common toe affected is the fifth toe. When one of the central toes is involved the second toe is most commonly affected.

The aetiology of the condition is not well understood. It is though that it may be caused by the position of the fetus in the womb during development.

The condition may run in families so there may be a hereditary component to the deformity.

Symptoms of this condition

A toe that is situated beneath another toe making gait and wearing of shoes uncomfortable. This may also be the result of a genetic or environmental predisposition.

Treatments we provide for overlapping toes

  • Effective conservative treatment depends upon how early the diagnosis is made. In infancy, passive stretching and adhesive tapping is most commonly used
  • This may require 6 to 12 weeks to accomplish and reoccurrence is not uncommon
  • Rarely will the deformity correct itself
  • Surgical intervention maybe necessary

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