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Is it normal to have overlapping fingers?

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Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Do you have a: History of finger fracture? If the answer is yes, that's why you can have overlapping of your fingers- we call it scissoring of the fingers. Some congenital malformations could also be responsible for that. Check with your doctor.
Dr. Todd Guyette
Specializes in Hand Surgery
It can be...: A slight overlap of the digits, particular of the small and ring finger, can be normal. If there is significant overlap, or a significant difference in overlap between fingers comparing the two hands, other diagnosis need to be evaluated such as old fractures, ligament tears, or joint inflammation.

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