Why does MTA occur?
Metatarsus adductus is thought to be caused by the infant’s positioning inside the womb. Risks may include:
- The baby taking the breech position, meaning that the buttocks are pointed down in the womb
- The mother having had a condition called oligohydramnios (which occurs when a woman’s body does not produce enough amniotic fluid during a pregnancy)
- Multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, or more)
- Preterm birth
- Family history of MTA
What should I do if I think my child might have MTA?
Call your health care provider immediately if you are concerned about the appearance or flexibility of your infant’s feet.
Consult with either a pediatric orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist for a better diagnosis, treatment assessment, and follow-up. Ask about the easy, comfortable, and revolutionary orthopedic bracing treatment by UNFO.
What is the best treatment currently available for MTA?
The safest, easiest, and most highly recommended treatment today is UNFO’s revolutionary solution for MTA. Unlike bracing or casting, it’s painless and hassle-free. The treatment also guarantees results in a minimal amount of treatment time, helping parents and infants alike enjoy a new-found quality of life.
When should my child begin treatment?
Ideally, moderate and severe forms should be treated by UNFO in the first months of the newborn’s life. Early treatment is essential for best results. The treatment may not be effective when started after the age of 9 months. In mild cases, families may choose to wait for self-resolution (but no more than 2 months and not beyond the age of 9 months).
Might MTA reoccur after treatment?
Rigid and severe cases of MTA may indeed recur and need to be braced by UNFO for a longer period of time. To avoid the reoccurrence, UNFO should be used part-time (during the night) for six weeks following the initial six weeks of full-time use.
What kind of problems could develop if the diagnosis and treatment is delayed or foregone?
Early diagnosis and treatment by UNFO is essential for the best results. Unpleasant medical consequences may be noted in children with neglected cases. These problems can include:
- Foot and knee pain
- Foot wear problems
- Skin warts
- Hammer toes
- Other foot problems
In severe cases of neglect, surgery is often considered the only option.