The exact cause of overlapping toes currently remains unclear. In general, it is believed that there is some kind of family-related element involved. Some researchers have suggested that the position of a developing fetus in the womb can play a role in the imbalances that cause a toe to overlap another, but it may be more likely that this is a simple case of genetics. If one or more parents have experienced an overlapped toe, the chances are more likely that their child will have the condition as well. In this case, it is especially important to monitor an infant for signs of overlapping. If the condition is present, the sooner it is diagnosed and treated, the better the (still unfortunately somewhat low) chances that it can be corrected without surgery.
If you have concerns about overlapping or crossed toes, the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute can help. Contact our offices to schedule an appointment with us by calling (949) 833-3406 for Irvine or (760) 951-2000 for Victorville. You can also reach us toll-free at (888) 796-6631.