Posted by: Racoon | 2012/11/13


Overlapping toes

Dear Prof

My 3.8 yo has overlapping toes - the third toe on each foot underlaps the second toe. it doesn''t worry him, except that he tend to catch the bottom toe often and skins it which is quite painful and then takes long to recover as it is always in harms way. On hte one toe a callous has formed where it rubs against the overlying toe. As he is always barefoot, shoes with toe separators aren''t an option. He is kindof over-doctored at the moment as he has seen so many specialists due to his Chiari and developmental tests, plus going for a sleep study in 2 weeks time adn receiving speech and occupational therapy. So we would most likely look at following up next year only. What would your suggestion be? do we leave it until it gives problems? or should we do somehthing now?

Expert's Reply



This problem of overlapping toes is rather common in children, but the not so good news is that it very rarely corrects itself. Your son is already walking barefoot which is always a good idea in children with overlapping toes. Simple measures such as exercise or physiotherapy do not usually solve this problem of overlapping toes. It is usually necessary to see a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon about this.

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