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Separate Webbed Toes
Any parents out there that have a child who had or is going to have surgery to separate webbed toes?
Yes: This separation surgery can be performed if requested. This is usually done for cosmetic reasons. When i perform this surgery, i will usually take an elliptical wedge of skin from just below the ankle and place it in the web space between the separated toes. Usually works well. May have some stiffness to the toes after surgery. Dr l. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't think so: I have never seen any studies on this subject. I do not see any connection. On the bright side "urban legend" says that people who have a longer 2nd toe (morton's foot) are more intelligent. ...Read more
Depends: There are always risks associated with surgery and many times, webbed toes or syndactyly is cosmetic. There are several procedures to address this and if you are really concerned about this, consult with a foot and ankle surgeon (podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist) that is board certified to discuss your options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If i'm the only one in my family who has webbed toes, what are the chances that my kids will inherit it?
Webbed toes: Webbed feet is a recessive trait, so there is a good chance your child will be born without the webbing. ...Read more
Depends: This is generally a cosmetic problem and is not usually one that causes issues with gait nor is it often the source of pain. This is a procedure that while common place, does have some inherent risks such as flap necrosis. Consult with a surgeon that performs to consider all risks and benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer