Macrodactyly of the foot


A birth defect where the foot grows larger than normal.


Abnormally large foot


* Normal genetic variation * Gigantism * Acromegaly * See also swollen feet or swollen ankles


Most cases of macrodactyly are apparent soon after birth, although occasionally, the progressive type may not be detected until later in infancy, when relentless enlargement occurs. Your baby's doctor will want to perform the following diagnostic tests of the affected area to note the underlying layers of tissue that are enlarged: * X-rays- a diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film. * Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.


The long-term outlook for a child treated for macrodactyly varies from child to child, depending on how severe the problem is. Generally speaking, you and your child can expect an overall improvement in appearance and function. However, it is rare to attain perfect size and function of the involved digit(s).


Specific treatment for macrodactyly will be determined by your child's physician based on: * your child's age, overall health, and medical history * whether the condition is static or progressive * the severity of the condition * any associated conditions * your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies * your opinion or preference