Ashton Kutcher - Webbed Feet - The Texas Foot Specialists

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.

Understanding Webbed Toes - The Texas Foot Specialists

Webbed toes is a medical condition described as the fusing of two or more toes that is seen at birth. It is not acquired or developed but can be traced to developmental factors during pregnancy. Cases of syndactyly (webbed toes and fingers) happen in one out of 2,500 to 3,000 births. And commonly occurs in the second and third toes.

What Causes Webbed Toes?

Webbed toes is normal and can be seen during the early stages of pregnancy. But as the fetus develops, an enzyme dissolves tissues connecting the digits to give toes and fingers its normal appearance. In cases of webbed toes, this does not happen and the fetus develops without the toes being completely separated.

The exact cause of webbed toes remains unknown. Some studies have shown that people with a family history of webbed feet have a higher tendency to develop the condition but this remains inconclusive. Webbed toes can also be related to genetic defects or symptoms of an underlying disease.

Classification/ Types of Syndactyly

  • Webbed toes or fingers could be classified according to how the digits are fused together.
  • Simple – this refers to toes joined by soft tissue
  • Simple incomplete – a soft tissue that does not run the complete length of the toes
  • Simple complete – the toes are joined by soft tissue running the complete length of the toes
  • Complex – these are fused toes connected by bones or cartilage
  • The most severe case of webbed toes are toes fused together by bones and cartilages with no clear pattern. This may also include the appearance of extra digits.

Symptoms and how it affects you

Webbed toes do not usually cause pain and does not have an adverse effect on the foot’s normal functioning. In some cases however, it can make wearing shoes difficult. It can also affect a person’s self-esteem because of the toe deformity.

Treating Webbed Toes

Surgery remains to be the only treatment option for those born with webbed toes. This is usually performed at 6 month to 2 years. The type of surgery performed depends on the severity of the condition. Simple syndactyly or toes connected by soft tissues only require minor surgery to separate the toes. However, webbed toes classified as complex require highly specialized surgery that can run for multiple sessions.  Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists who specialize in treating toe deformities.

The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston we specialize in helping people with webbed toes and other foot disorders.   To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.