Ashton Kutcher, one of Hollywood’s heartthrob also has a physical flaw. In an interview, he gamely shows off his webbed toes proving that not all celebrities in Hollywood are perfect. Some of them have flaws like Ashton.
What is the meaning of webbed toe?
A webbed toe affects 1 out of 2500 infants born. This kind of physical deformity is commonly known as syndactyly that usually occurs between the second and third toes. Syndactyly can be classified as simple or complex. When you say simple syndactyly, it is present at birth and the toes are only joined by soft tissues.
Complex syndactyly on the other hand is usually part of a syndrome and the toes are joined together by the bones or nails. Webbed toes or syndactyly is a failure of differentiation wherein toes fail to individually separate in its appendages. Consult a podiatrist for more information on webbed toes. Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot disorders.
What are some of the causes of webbed toes?
Some people speculate that webbed toes are hereditary. It is also associated with the nutritional intake and smoking of a pregnant woman. The following conditions are associated with webbed toes:
- Aarskog-Scott syndrome
- Amniotic band syndrome
- Apert’s syndrome
- Berdet-Beidl syndrome
- Carpenter’s syndrome
- Cornelia de Lange syndrome
- Down syndrome
- Edward’s syndrome
- Familial syndactyly
- Fetal hydantoin effect
- Holt-Oram syndrome
- Miller syndrome
- Pfeiffer syndrome
- Poland syndrome
- Smith-Limli-Opitz syndrome
- Timothy syndrome
What are some ofthe signs and symptoms of webbed toes?
Webbed toes are visible at birth and also in utero while using a fetal ultrasound. At the sight of syndactyly, the doctor will refer you to a specialist that will guide you to a more detailed and specific treatment plan.
What is the possible treatment for webbed toes?
- Webbed toes can be treated as early as possible to separate the joined toes.
- Medical therapy. A surgical intervention in infants aged 5 to 6 months.
- Surgical therapy. If there are two or more toes are involved, a surgery is needed as early as possible.
How to prevent webbed toes?
Unfortunately, there is no known prevention for syndactyly as it is believed to be genetically passed from generation to generation. Hence, if a child is born with webbed toes, what the doctor will do is to immediately check for more signs to see if he has a more complex condition. In this case, an x-ray is needed to see whether the bones or the soft tissues are connected or not.
At The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.