Webbed finger or toe repair





Definition

Webbed finger or toe repair refers to corrective or reconstructive surgery performed to repair webbed fingers or toes, also called syndactyly. The long and ring fingers or the second and third toes are most often affected. Generally, syndactyly repairs are done between the ages of six months and two years.


Purpose

Webbing, or syndactyly, is a condition characterized by the incomplete separation or union of two or more fingers or toes, and usually only involves a skin connection between the two (simple syndactyly), but may—rarely—also include fusion of bones, nerves, blood vessels, and tendons in the affected digits (complex syndactyly). Webbing may extend partially up between the digits, frequently just to the first joint, or may extend the entire length of the digits. Polysyndactyly describes both webbing and the presence of an extra number of fingers or toes. The condition usually develops within six weeks after birth. Syndactyly can also occur in victims of fires, as the intense heat can melt the skin and fuse the epidermis and dermis of the phalanges, fingers, or toes. Burn victim syndactyly is always less invasive because bone fusion is not present in these cases. The purpose of repair surgery is to improve the appearance of the hand or foot and to prevent progressive deformity from developing as the child grows.


Demographics

In the United States, approximately one infant in every 2,000 births is born with webbed fingers or toes. Both hands are involved in 50% of cases; the middle finger and ring finger in 41%; the ring finger and little finger in 27%; the index finger and middle finger in 23%; and the thumb and index finger in 9%.


Description

Polydactyly can be corrected by surgical removal of the extra digit or partial digit. Syndactyly can also be corrected surgically. This is usually accomplished with the addition of a skin graft from the groin.

There are several ways to perform this type of surgery; the design of the operation depends both on the features of the hand or foot and the surgeon's experience. The surgery is usually performed with zigzag cuts that cross back and forth across the fingers or toes so that the scars do not interfere with growth of the digits.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The skin areas to be repaired are marked and the surgeon then proceeds to incise the skin, lifting small flaps at the sides of the fingers or toes and in the web. These flaps are sutured into position, leaving absent areas of skin. These areas may be filled in with full thickness skin grafts, usually taken from the skin in the groin area.

This webbed finger shows a simple, complete syndactyly, meaning the bones for two fingers are complete, and only the soft tissues form the webbed section (A). To repair this, an incision is made in the skin of the webbing (B). Tissues and muscles are severed (C), and the two separated fingers are stitched (D). (Illustration by GGS Inc.)
This webbed finger shows a simple, complete syndactyly, meaning the bones for two fingers are complete, and only the soft tissues form the webbed section (A). To repair this, an incision is made in the skin of the webbing (B). Tissues and muscles are severed (C), and the two separated fingers are stitched (D). (
Illustration by GGS Inc.
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The hand or foot is then immobilized with bulky dressings, or a cast. Webbed or toe repair surgery usually takes two to four hours.


Diagnosis/Preparation

Syndactyly may be diagnosed during an examination of an infant or child, with the aid of x rays. In its most common form, it is seen as webbing between the second and third toes. This form is often inherited. Syndactyly can also occur as part of a pattern of other congenital defects involving the skull, face, and bones.

An infant with webbed fingers or toes may have other symptoms that, when observed together, define a specific syndrome or medical condition. For example, syndactyly is a characteristic of Apert syndrome, Poland syndrome, Jarcho-Levin syndrome, oral-facial-digital syndrome, Pfeiffer syndrome, and Edwards syndrome. Diagnosis of a syndrome is made on family history, medical history, and thorough physical evaluation. The medical history questions documenting the condition in detail usually include:

  • Which fingers (toes) are involved?
  • Are any other family members affected by the same condition?
  • What other symptoms or abnormalities are also present?

To prepare for surgery, seven to 10 days before surgery, the child visits the family physician or pediatrician for a general physical examination and blood tests. The child cannot have solid food after midnight before surgery. Breast milk, formula, or milk (no pablum or other cereal may be added) up to six hours before the scheduled start of surgery is allowed, and then only clear fluids up to three hours before surgery. Thereafter, the child may not have anything else to eat or drink.


Aftercare

Hospital stays of one or two days are common for webbed finger or toe repair surgery. There is usually some swelling and bruising. Pain medications are given to alleviate any discomfort. The bandages must be kept clean and dry and must remain for two to three weeks for proper healing and protection. Skin grafts and the hand or foot may become very dry, so it is encouraged to dampen them with a good moisturizer such as Lubriderm or Nivea. Small children with hand syndactylies may have a cast put on that extends above the flexed elbow. Sometimes, the cast extends beyond the fingers or toes. This protects the repaired areas from trauma.

The treating physician should be informed of any post-operative swelling, severe pain, fever, or fingers that tingle, are numb, or have a bluish discoloration.

Risks

Webbed finger or toe repair surgery carries the risks associated with any anesthesia, such as adverse reactions to medications, breathing problems, and sore throat from intubation. Risks associated with any surgery are excessive bleeding and infection.

Specific risks associated with the repair surgery include possible loss of skin graft and circulation damage from the cast or bandages.


Normal results

The results of webbed finger or toe repair depend on the degree of fusion of the digits and the repair is usually successful. When joined fingers share a single fingernail, the creation of two normal-looking nails is rarely possible. One nail will look more normal than the other. Some children may require a second surgery, depending on the type of syndactyly. If polydactyly or syndactyly are just cosmetic and not symptomatic of a condition or disorder, the outcome of surgery is usually very good. If it is symptomatic, the outcome will rely heavily on the management of the disorder.


Alternatives

Syndactyly does not generally pose any health risk, so that it is not mandatory that the repair be performed. However, if the thumb is joined, or if the fingers are joined out toward their tips, they will grow in a progressively worsening bend over time.

See also Cleft lip repair ; Club foot repair .


Resources

BOOKS

Jones, Kenneth Lyons. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. 5th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1997.

Moore, K. L., and T. V. N. Persaud. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. New York: Elsevier Science, 2003.


PERIODICALS

Ad-El, D. D., Neuman, A., and A. Eldad. "Syndactyly repair in kindler syndrome." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 111 (January 2003): 504-505.

Benatar, N. "The open finger technique for release of syndactyly." The Journal of Hand Surgery: Journal of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand 26 (October 2001): 500-501.

Deunk, J., Nicolai, J. P., and S. M. Hamburg. "Long-term results of syndactyly correction: Full-thickness versus split-thickness skin grafts." The Journal of Hand Surgery: Journal of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand 28 (April 2003): 125-130.

Greuse, M., and B. C. Coessens. "Congenital syndactyly: defatting facilitates closure without skin graft." Journal of Hand Surgery (American) 26 (July 2001): 589-594.

Takagi, S., Hosokawa, K., Haramoto, U., and T. Kubo T. "A new technique for the treatment of syndactyly with osseous fusion of the distal phalanges." Annals of Plastic Surgery 44 (June 2000): 660-663.


ORGANIZATIONS

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 6300 North River Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-4262. (847) 823-7186; (800) 346-AAOS. http://www.aaos.org .

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 6300 North River Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-4256. (847) 384-8300. http://www.assh.org .

Office of Rare Diseases (NIH). 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 3A07, MSC 7518 Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7518. (301) 402-4336. http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/infodiseases.html .


OTHER

"Before and after webbed finger repair." Medline Plus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/10034.htm .

"Repair of webbed fingers or toes." PennHealth. http://www.pennhealth.com/ency/article/002969.htm

Monique Laberge, Ph.D.

WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURE AND WHERE IS IT PERFORMED?



Webbed finger or toe repair surgery is usually performed in a children's hospital by a pediatric surgeon or orthopedic surgeon specializing in syndactyly surgery.

If prenatal screening indicates syndactyly in the fetus, arrangements are usually made so that the baby is delivered at a hospital with a pediatric surgeon on staff.

QUESTIONS TO ASK THE DOCTOR



  • What will happen during the surgery?
  • Does my baby have any other birth defect?
  • How long will it take to recover from surgery?
  • Will my baby have normal fingers/toes?
  • How many webbed finger/toe repair surgeries do you perform each year?
  • Will the syndactyly return?

User Contributions:

edgar jimenez
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May 29, 2006 @ 10:22 pm
Hi, I have a left foot with half an inch of webbing w/no fussion of bone or nerves. It has made my life very difficult avoid situations in which i must be barefooted in public. I need the procedure done. I am a 31 year old hispanic male. Please give me resources of where i could have this procedure done in the Los Angeles Area. I am at a point in my life where I have decided enough is enough and I dont want this any more. Please help.
sweetie
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Nov 24, 2006 @ 8:20 pm
browseing the web i found this site, as i am one who was born with multi congentail deformities as including webbed hands back in the 1960's, i had surgery at approx age 6 - 8 yrs old , mind u more than one surgery, the docs done the best they could but still not normal like others but i have lived this way since birth and i do very well and wouldn't change a thing. i must be careful with my hands as they are worth alot of money for the cost was upmost exspenive for my parents. i have no problems with the way my hands look.... god made me this way..... no my hands will never be as normal others but what the heck i am different and always will be... many times i have been told my others , saying u know u can have your hands fixed where they will look normal, well first of all i wouldn't go through all that pain again for nothing i had steal rods in both my arms & hands and oh no i not even going to go there that how bad the pain was back then.... though the surgery was not a total loss, at least i have been able to live a normal life and work like anyone else.... god made me this way and that just how it is.
JulzMama
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Jan 14, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
My 3 year old daughter has webbed toes on both feet (2nd & 3rd toes). I took her to an orthapedic Dr. when she was one, he told us to wait until she turned 3 so that we didn't harm the growth of her toes. I have been researching syndatyly as much as possible. I feel I am pretty educated in all I need to know about the surgery, now I am looking for a good pediatric dr. in the Pennsylvania area, I will travel if the dr. is good! If anyone knows of a good pediatric dr. Pennsylvania please contact me! Thank YOu! I would really like some advice too so if anyone has had this surgery or had a child whom had this surgery please help me! I am worried about my 3 year old going under anesthesia!
Thank YOu!
JulzMama
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Jan 14, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
My 3 year old daughter has webbed toes on both feet (2nd & 3rd toes). I took her to an orthapedic Dr. when she was one, he told us to wait until she turned 3 so that we didn't harm the growth of her toes. I have been researching syndatyly as much as possible. I feel I am pretty educated in all I need to know about the surgery, now I am looking for a good pediatric dr. in the Pennsylvania area, I will travel if the dr. is good! If anyone knows of a good pediatric dr. Pennsylvania please contact me! Thank YOu! I would really like some advice too so if anyone has had this surgery or had a child whom had this surgery please help me! I am worried about my 3 year old going under anesthesia!
Thank YOu!
cwest101
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Jan 28, 2008 @ 7:19 pm
I also was born with web fingers and toes but I do not think mine are like any that I have found on the internett. I have an older brother that has the same thing and I also have a daughter that is the same as me. My mom has a gene missing is what they say caused ours. I am not for sure because I haven't let anyone see them. It really doesn't bother my daughter but it does me when people set and stare instead of asking what happened they just look at us like something is wrong. There is alot of people out there that are not well educatied to understand not to talk about people. We have never had any kind of surgerys before and I do not think we ever will.
Harry
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Feb 9, 2008 @ 5:05 am
As reading Edgar Jimenez. I do feel the same way, I am 23 and i want to get it done. I am also looking for someone in US
shay
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Mar 13, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
I was born with a tag on both my hands I was also born with a double big toe. I had surgery when I was fifteen. I had my finger shaped so the web didn't hurt while wearing a ring. My toe was cut in half and put together. My mom had webbed hands and toes, my daughter was born with one tag on her hand, webbed toes, and double big toes, cousin and aunt had webs and cousin had a extra finger. My mom, me, cousin, and my daughter later in life when she wants it done or dosen't all had surgery. I think it is better to wait be different and unique and give your children the choice of there own. They might like it even if they do get teased. Why be like everyone else? I also have a theroy that I need help with. I was second born and had it same with my mom and cousin. I have noticed it usually is second or third born. I have noticed it more in females too. Oh and cats. LOL. Let me know if I am right or wrong. Shay_95667@yahoo.com
shay
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Mar 13, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
We are the next evolvers. Global warming will happen sometime so maybe we are what people will have when that happens. You never know. Watch water world and cheer for all of us.
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Mar 19, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
My son is a 15 months and baby and was born with a double right big toe which is bent out wards. I need to know the safest way to deal with it.
misabel
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Apr 28, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
I was also born with webbed toes its the 4th and 5th toes. I am 30yrs. old.
but i recently decided to get surgery and i think i made a mistake. I lost the skin draft. now i have to get in the operation room again. I was in a lot of pain and i am not even sure that it was worth it. It still does not look normal.
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May 14, 2010 @ 10:10 am
My daughter was born with web toes on both feet between the second and third toes.I am not aware of any family inheritance of this.I am trying to look for an organization like, the Shiner's Hospital for children to help me with this and get her the surgery.
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Oct 19, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
My baby girl is born with 2 toes missing( 2&3 is missing) can we do something about it so she can have it normal?
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Oct 25, 2010 @ 11:11 am
my daughter has web toes if i was to let her have surgery will her toes curl as she gets older
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Dec 4, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
I don't have syndactyly or polydactyly but I really want to know what it is like to have it. Do you like it or not? I think it is really cool and I wish I was born with syndactyly.
Donielle
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Mar 16, 2011 @ 8:08 am
I am an adult who has webbed toes. I live in the New York area and am having trouble finding a doctor to perform this procedure being that I am an adult! Can anyone suggest any surgeon for me?
anne-marie
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Mar 22, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
im 25 and have webbed toes 2nd and 3rd i absolutely hate them i avoid swimming and would absolutely love to wear sandals in summer but people just do not understand why i cant just live with them, they ruin my life i want to know where and how much to get them seperated in the uk but there is no help for people like us
cj smith
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Apr 2, 2011 @ 11:11 am
I was born with webbed toes as well. 2nd and 3rd. I absolutely despise it and my mother for not fixing it when the doctors told her they could do it when I was a baby. I found out years later that the doctors had told her this and I wanted to kill her for not doing something about it. It's purely disgusting. I want to be able to go barefoot and swimming but I will never take my shoes and socks off in front of anyone because it's such a disgrace and embarrassment. I just can't believe how stupid some parents really are in thinking that their kid will "like" this.
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Apr 6, 2011 @ 1:01 am
I'm a 32 year old female {in the US} born with the 2 and 3 toes on each foot webbed up to the knuckle {half way}. I've always hidden my feet and was teased constantly by my sister, never had a pedicure, etc. I know it's not a huge flaw but I hate it and would like to take my daughter to get pedicures and feel comfortable wearing open-toed shoes or barefoot!
And so, I had the surgery yesterday/about 16 hours ago - it took about 1 1/2 hours {the Dr. took a small skin graft from the crease in my thigh, to hide any possible scar} and I went home about an hour later, I've been taking my pain meds, using ice packs, keeping my feet elevated. No real discomfort thus far but from what I've found on-line, day 2 is the worst so I'm a bit worried but I truly think that it will be well worth it. My nurse told me they look great, I won't get the bandages off for week.
If anyone has questions or advice please feel free to comment!
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May 6, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
i am now 31 and obv have congenital syndactly on both hands and feet!! i have always hated it as i get embarrassed about it!!! my mother and brother hace it but none of my other three sisters!also i have 2 kids who were fine and my youngest two have it also!! feel sooo guilty having passed this enaceon to them but ther boys and hopefully grow up witha different attitude than idid!!!iv had a fewoperations over the years but the last one made it worst!!cant fault the surgeon though!!!wot he done for my two boys is amazing!!!they are brilliant people to do this for people!!!unfortunatley i had ops in the 80s and medicine has movedon soo much from then!!!thanx to the surgeons who help out our kids!!
damian
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May 24, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
hi my name is damian, I am a 13 yeears old and have my 2nd and 3rd toes connected (right next to my big toe) and it embarrasses me all the time, is it worth it to get the surgery, because I hate my connected toes and want them to be separated!!!
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Jun 16, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
I am a 36 yo female with 2nd and 3rd toe webbing and I HATE it. I have been embarrassed about it my whole life. I am the only one in my whole family that has this. I feel so alone when it comes to this. This time of year is the hardest. I would love to get pedicures and wear flip flops when its hot but no I have to wear hot, crappy shoes that hid my toes Its so frustrating. . I was wondering about VW -- how is your recovery going? I am researching having the surgery and trying to find a Dr who can do it. I'm just curious about the cost and recovery time. Anybody out there that has had the surgery and has any advice or info please comment. Thanks.
Linda garza
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Jun 19, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
To start off I 53 yrs old female and has suffered like you from this condition. I would love to have a pedicure, wear open toe sandales, walk barefoot on the beach etc. I go online to look for some sort of sandals that cover my toes and I never find anything. When I read that you had the sugery I just wanted to know if it was worth it and if you were pleased with the outcome. I live in Texas and if you don't mind I would like to know who was the Dr. that did your surgery.
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Jun 26, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Accidently an axe fell on my cousin's fourth finger and cut into two pieces. Immediately he was taken to the hospital but in vain. His finger is joined by a surgery but he is not able to fold his finger. The finger is as straight as a stick. Please if there is any possibilities of fixing this, let me know. Please send a reply to my EMAIL address.
chloe
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Jul 25, 2011 @ 9:09 am
im having my cast off tomorow off my left foot i had my 2nd and third toes seperated i had my previous foot done 3 years ago whih now looks normal apart from a small white scar and it looks slightly zig zagged due to the cutting procedure,healing on that foot was a long process as after 3 or 4 weeks your leg muscle shrinks and its difficult to walk i then exsperieinced bleeding and pussing of the toe this altogther lasted around 5 months and i soon realised surgery is only step 1 as for months after things like jogging and heavy walks make the toes swell.My left foot has been ok so far i had a look in to the cast and it looks rather crusty so i hope the skin graft has taken to the area.
My graft was taken from my hip/bikni line and it around 5 inches long.
I would reccomend this if your realy unhappy but it is such a long process and overall it dosent look properly healed and faded until around 3 years after the operation.
Any more questions please ask.
Chloe
Jane
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Aug 20, 2011 @ 2:02 am
Hello, I was born with syndactyly of the second and third toes on each foot. I live my life ashamed of my body. It's been very difficult trying to hide and I can't bare the secrecy anymore. Swimming is one of my favorite things to do and I have not done it in years because I am so uncomfortable with myself. I have been searching for a long time for somewhere where I could get it corrected. I live in Spokane, WA. If you have any information as to where I might go PLEASE HELP. I would love not to hide myself anymore.. :-(
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Aug 29, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
i'm 23yrs old and i have this also in my foot. i don't want anyone to tease me because i will kill them lol jk. as i'm growing older my problem is it is hard to choice shoes to wear.. what i want to know is how much it cost for the surgery and how long it will healed?
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Sep 3, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
I have a very small toe next to my pinky toe that pops out and is smaller than my pinky toe. I was not born with this toe. Im not exactly sure what happened, and neither does my parents. I am 14 years old and i never want to take my shoes off, go swimming or do anything that has to do with showing my feet. I dont want to have this the rest of my life. I just want my feet to look normal. I wonder if i got a surgery done, how much would it cost? And is this possible? HELP!
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Sep 15, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
I am a 32yr old male and I was born with middle and ring fingers on my left hand grown together. They seperated them when I was a baby. I have never been able to completely close my left hand. I have been noticed increasing pain and stiffness in my hands, primarily the left. I have made it a point to continally use my hands and therefore reduce the stifness and pain. The work I do is limited to physical labor due to the fact I am also missing both pinky fingers and my right ring finger with a deformed left index finger as well, all of which happened at birth. "That's why i'm not a secratery lol" Last year I was involved in a car wreck that has left me with horrible back pain. I have recently been put on short term "for now" disability because I cannot perform my duties within weight lifting restrictions. My hands are different and I like them, they have provided me with incredible streanght and I have "accidentally" injured others durring a firm handshake. I haven't been using my hands very often since I was sent home from work and My hands are killing me. why am I having so much pain now? is it arthritis or do any of you have pain in your hands as you got older with syndactal Please help me too.
Shana
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Oct 7, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
Hi I had my surgery on July 29, 2011 it is now October 07,2011. i had the surgery because i hate to look at my toes. i had my second and third toe seperated. The healing process is tough to say the least i woke up after the surgery and was in emence pain.it felt like my foot was on FIRE. Doctors were worried and gave me injection in the right side of my left foot not sure what it was, within minutes pain was back they gave me another injection toward the top of my foot by the toes.Recovery is very difficult. we are over 2 months and i am still dealing with pain and now an open wound for whatever reason the skin did not take and dried off.now i have a large open wound on the second toe i can actually see my bone. i see the doctor weekly at the wound care center. i am beside myself with so much emotional pain i was told that everything will be fine. the third toe healed completly but it very purple. and the second toe im worried i might lose it. i am a young 32 year old women no medical problems and all i want is regular toes and what i see when i look at my toes is a mess. the have already healed parcially together from the base to just below nuckles. I was told it would be simple then a few days before surgery was told well there are some complications your toes can heal together if not seperated properly and risk of infection well with my luck i seem to have both..i am on and have been on antibiotics and pain meds. i dont have any infection now but still take meds just in case. Im know this seems crazy but a part of me still wants to do the other foot.. what is wrong with me :(
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Oct 9, 2011 @ 11:11 am
Hi I'm 26, I was born with web feet on both. my big toe and my 2nd toe was both attach. I recently had a surgery my Podiatry doctor successfully separated my big toe to second toe. its been 3 weeks now, I still have some stitches. my question is how long will it take for me to go back to normal, meaning when will the pain go away? its been 3 weeks i still have pain...
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Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
I'm 22, and my 2nd and 3rd toes on both feet are webbed. But I have always loved them! It makes me sad that people feel self-conscious about it, because I have always thought they were so cool. I always have a fun fact I can share with others, and have never shied away from wearing flip flops or going barefoot. Honestly, only two people have ever noticed my webbed toes without me pointing them out to them. People really don't care that much, and when I show them they think it is cool. Reading these stories it seems to me that the surgery and recovery just aren't worth it.
Steven bates
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Dec 8, 2011 @ 8:08 am
Hi my name is steven im 27 i was born with the second and third toes together i had the first foot parted in jan this year and they are grate now but in june i had my left foot done and now im in pain all the time when i walk i spoke to my doctor and he said the foot looks ok,but my problem is now iv had it done it feels like when i walk the end of my 2 toes on the left foot want to like snap off it so painfull!!! Any help!
Sandy
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Dec 9, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
I would like to know an answer to: my brother who is in perfect health has two web toes on each foot. Now my son's newborn has on each side of his hands (by his pinky finger)a very small nub hanging on by a very thin piece of skin. Could this have been passed to the newborn from our side of the family??
martina
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Feb 7, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
dear all, my son has a beautiful syndactly of the third and fourth toe on his left foot, shaping a heart ;) i was worried it will be problematic for the alignment of the bones as the two toes will grow, which would be the only reason for me to consider an operation.. all of my own toes were twisted from training classical ballet (in a terrible old school way that unfortunately still may exist) and after years i changed my way of bodywork and all toes are back in alignment all right.. that makes me feel there are many possibilities to work with the body in order not to have a problem with for example a syndactly. in relation to the operation, which seems terribly radical for the whole body, i would surely prefer to have non-aligned toes! in our case; later on my son will choose for his own.
to the people who doesn't like the way they are: be proud of who you are. i don't believe in the better make-up better life concept. it can be a help, but a bigger help is: use your 'weakness' to become your 'strength'..self confidence comes from the soul. another of my very beliefs is that humour and self distance are keys to success in love affairs and to every aspect of life... how about the indian name big toe? i like it :D joke aside i believe in what we are gifted with from our parents and grandparents and to do beautiful things with that!
viewed from aestethism, which hopefully is a bit different for different people, natural is however better than cutting open. and think of using skin from the groin..what an intervention! even if a chirurg is at hers or his most perfect it is very impossible to make it look 'normal' or 'natural'. so don't take the risk if you are doing it only for the ''normal' looks'.
- i now must also tell the story of my shoulder that came out of place a several times in my life. since the ligaments become loser for every luxation, it happend more and more frequently.. by the fourth time i managed to put it back into place on my own. considering an operation i learned they would take a piece of bone from my shoulderblade and fix it in front of my shoulder to block the upper arm to jump out any more. this could and would certainly cause a limited arm movement capacity. so i did not operate. but since that year, 2007, my shoulder is in perfect shape and the arm does not jump out anymore. i have healed from numbness as well, mainly thanks to shiatsu /tcm and bodywork. i managed to go beyond the 'mechanical' thinking and perception of the body that i used to have once a teenager. this is very interesting to me.. -
- so, when it comes to operating syndactly; if it's for the practical reason i understand but please reconsider before operating - there are so many other ways! i wish everybody good luck and that everything goes well!
Jess
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Mar 21, 2012 @ 2:02 am
Hi my son who is 6months old now has webbed toes, his are his 4th and 5th toes i have seen various posts about 2nd and 3rd toes but none about 4th and 5th he also has an extra nail in between the two toes. We were told its genetic and has been passed down by someone but no-one to my knowledge has this. I dont think i will ever have them operated on a: because of the pain and b: what are we teaching our kids if i was to get something that is purely cosmetic 'fixed' as i have heard it described, it really annoys me that people are so ashamed of there toes, noone has even noticed my boys toes and i truly think if we embrace this special condition then you wouldnt feel so uncomfortable about it, and those who have been bullied about it, well it just goes to show the mentality of the bully. We live in a world where there are all different sorts of conditions and webbed toes is actually quite common, dont be ashamed get those toes out there people!!
joselyn solis
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Apr 17, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
Im 11 years old and my finger next to my pinkey is small cause it never grew and my bother feet have that on my toes,so every time i see people in my class they where flip flops and u don't know how much i really want normal feet,so i was wondering if i can i have surgery,where what hospitle or place i could have surgery at,or how much i my parents have to pay if i want this
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Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Jess,
My 3 year old also has 4th and 5th webbed toes...at his 3 year appt my Pediatrician recommended seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon. Now I am doing research since as an infant I was told it was not necessary...by the same doc. Very confused. But most posts I read sound like teenagers and adults are not happy with their appearance with webbed toes. Depression runs in my family, and bullying seems to be big in the news. I am not sure if I want to put my child through the teasing...but the procedure sounds painful for my baby boy...just not sure what to do.
Diana
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May 15, 2012 @ 10:10 am
I am a 33 years old female and I was born with Syndactyly on my right feet. Before I was three months old the doctor who rendered the service amputated my 2nd and 3rd toe stating no bone was there and with in that same month the lady who gave birth to me walk out on my dad and myself. In my early twenty’s I had very bad foot pains and come to find out I was born with all five bones so now I had to have the bones remove from the joints to stop the pain I was having. Today am pain free and I have accepted the fact that I cannot wear open toe shoes period due to the world we live in today. For the last couple months I have lost that confidences I had because once you have a baby your foot goes up a size or two. Finding this website was great to know that someone else understand my pain. If anyone knows of an originations/support group please let me know.
Miranda
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Aug 15, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
I am 23 years old. I was born with an extra bone in my 5th toe on my right foot, it is also webbed to the 4th toe from top to bottom. I have hidden it for my whole life. I am very embarrased of it and have always wished my parents had them seperated. I had the extra bone removed when i was between 2-4 yrs old. At this age i didnt understand what they were doing but thought they were being seperated. When the time came to remove the cast and bandages i was horrified to find them still connected. The 5th toe is alot wider than all my other toes as it had 2 bones in it. The nail is also wide. I think it is worse than most 'text book webbed toes'. I wear socks as much as possible. I feel awkward in summer as i dont like to wear barefeet, sandals, jandals, go swimming etc. It has been hard, and has made me very self concious. It's easy for people who dont have this issue to say "dont be so self concious" etc but its harder than it sounds. I have never told my friends or partner about this. It may sound stupid but i feel i will lose my friends and partner if they find out about it. I am a outgoing girl but i am very body concious. I have a full time job and am hoping to save enough money to get surgery but am unsure how much it costs and whether it will even be possible for them to proform the surgeory on me. I have emailed surgeons and have been told they may be able to help and to come for a consultation. So far i have been too scared to go to one to get the consultation as it means someone will be stearing at my toe etc. The thought is dawnting as no one has seen it since i was a small child. I am not in the States or in the UK. I dont know anyone else in my country with this issue, i presume they are as scared about telling people as i am. If anyone wants to contact me about this just email me lindey_loo@hotmail.com I would love to hear from someone who has had the seperation surgeory and can offer me some tips or what your experience was like. Also i would love to hear from someone who was born with an extra bone in their toe etc. Look forward to hearing from someone! Cheers!
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Aug 19, 2012 @ 5:05 am
hi, i am 24 years old, i also have syndactly joind ringfinger & middle finger, thats looking very cute, who noticed my fingers 98% like very much & some others operations are avoilable to this, am conducted one doctor at Basaveswara hospita in chitradurga. Dr. Prasanna told like its very simple operation, its tooke just 2 hover duration, u wil continue ur teacher job, its curing all wound within 6 week. i felt wery happy bcz its very symple, i take my operation dated on july 18, 2011. bt today 19 aug 2012 whats this hell today also continuesly i have pain, i cont do anything to that fingers. bt before operation i can do everyting whats possible for my energy. why the Dr doing like this? its the profession? plz anybody give some suggestions to mee i am totaly upset my mother suffering also suffering very.
filise
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Oct 16, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
Hi,

I have a son his about 6 yrs old and his short/ring/middle finger a all joint together, just inquiring can the fingers be separated or not because we can only feel the bones for 2 fingures not 3

just wondering can it be done or not

thanks
Roos
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Apr 14, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
hi am 21yrs and i have 4th and 5th toes web on both feets by soft tissue.it has been a hell in my life for past as avoid beix disgraced n embarranced in the public i alwas wear sucks shoes dat cover my toes n avoid barefoot.it has affected my social interaction in skul and my accedemics negatively as all freinds kn about it it makes me feel uneasy am shy to talk abt it.am a very nice guy but i start datx a girl n she discovers it she start behalvx funy.no body in family has it except me.my mother elder bro n my youner sister plus me also a little finger on each hand but cut off.am planx to go separate my toes but afraid it will affect my education pls help me
am in africa.

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