Deformed toe

My daughter, who is college age, has a toe (fourth toe, left foot) that, when she was born, seemed very normal, but as she grew, her toe did not seem to. Now it appears to be set back in her foot and the whole foot seems to be changing because of it. Because of the position, it has caused her to have a broken toe twice, and it seems to be causing her pain, even though it did not when she was younger. What could have caused this? And can it be fixed?

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  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question. Without seeing your daughter’s foot it is hard for me to fully understand what you are describing, however it sounds like brachymetatarsia.

    Brachymetatarsia is a congenital condition in which one of the metatarsals (usually the 4th) is shorter than the others. This condition can cause a shift in pressure resulting in increased fracture risk. There are surgical options available to correct this condition with a high success rate.

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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