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Curly toes

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If your tamaiti (child) is born with curly toes, it means their toes curl under one another. This is usually caused by their toe's tendon being too tight, and typically affects their third and fourth toes the most.

Curly toes will most likely improve on their own as your tamaiti grows. Having curly toes will not affect their development or ability to start walking. But it's best to ask your GP to check your child if:

If curly toes are causing a problem after your tamaiti is 5 years old, they may need a minor operation. Taping the toes doesn’t help.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2022.

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