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Curling 4th toe in babies

It is very common in babies and young children to have curling of the fourth toe towards the third toe. This is due to the way that the baby has been positioned in the womb. Not all babies have this condition because the big toe is usually the longest, followed by the second, third, fourth and fifth getting progressively smaller in length.

However, genetically some people have longer second, third toes and sometimes also quite long fourth toes. When the fourth toe is straightened from its curling position it is always the same length as the third toe. Normally the fourth toes is much shorter than the third toe. This causes the fourth toe to be curled when positioned in the womb under the third toe from the nature of the fetal position of the baby in the amniotic sac.


  • Muna El Abdo

    June 9, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Thank you! My baby daughter has this and we took her to the doctor and he said it was ok and we took her to a surgeon and they said they will make a surgery and put a pin into the toe to keep it straight but we are really afraid. What can we do? Should we make the surgery or can you make another fix without surgery? Please help us. Muna


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      June 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Dear Muna

      You can send us a photo through WhatsApp 0503553024 or come for a consultation with Michelle Champlin – a splint may be required – please bring any X-rays you have also. Best wishes, Dubai Podiatry


  • Francesco Lorenzo

    June 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

    My son is 4 month and he has his 4th toes on both feet curling like this. What treatment should we do? Franky


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      June 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      Dear Franky. the treatment may be as simple as using a small splint with Footerella tapes which hold the toe straight for 2-6 weeks depending on the severity. Best to come in for an appointment with Michelle Champlin , Podiatrist to discuss the options. Best wishes, Dubai Podiatry


  • Maria Delarosa

    June 25, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Should this be fixed when my baby is young? 7 months or wait until she is walking? Maria


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      September 2, 2018 at 11:56 am

      It can be done when the baby is not walking or at a later time. You can send a photo to WhatsApp 0503553024 and the Podiatrist can take a look and give advice. Best wishes, DPC


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