What is Brachymetatarsia?

The Metatarsal bones extend long-ways through the foot and attach to each of the five toes. When one of these metatarsals remains significantly shorter than the others, Foot and Ankle Specialists dub this “Brachymetatarsia”. This condition may affect any of the metatarsals and appear in either foot, but it tends to affect the fourth metatarsal most often. if more than one metatarsal suffers from Brachymetatarsia, the term changes to Brachymetapody. To the eye, it may appear that the affected toe appears shorter than the toes next to it. In some cases the fourth toe will appear raised up with the toes on either side touching in the middle underneath.