One or more metatarsal bones are unusually short in brachymetatarsia. It usually affects the fourth toe but may affect others.
Brachymetatarsia is often congenital. A developmental anomaly affects the metatarsal bone(s)' growing plates.
Brachymetatarsia causes small toes. This may cause aesthetic difficulties, shoe fit issues, and weight distribution issues when walking or jogging.
Brachymetatarsia may be caused by hereditary and environmental causes. Turner syndrome, Down syndrome, and other genetic abnormalities may cause it.
Brachymetatarsia treatment addresses aesthetic and functional issues. Orthotics, toe-lengthening, bone transplants, and metatarsal bone lengthening may be options.
Surgery may be considered if non-surgical methods fail. Surgery extends the metatarsal bone using bone grafts or implants. Rehabilitation follows successful surgery.
Consult a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon if you suspect Brachymetatarsia or have foot issues. They can assess, diagnose, and suggest therapy.
Age, lifestyle, health, and severity affect brachymetatarsia therapy. Be realistic and discuss risks, advantages, and long-term outcomes with your doctor.