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What Is Sandal Gap Associated With
Surgery, if any: The so-called "sandal gap toe" is the term used for medial displacement (pointing out) of the big toe, resulting in a greater than normal space between the first and second toes. It has been associated with congenital chromosomal abnormalities, specifically Down syndrome. It does not seem to affect function much, if at all. The only treatment would be surgical; most would not pursue. Good wishes ...Read more
I would not: Be thankful you don't have a loss of space between your toes. ...Read more
Hereditary: Club foot is a deformity than can be seen in certain populations more than others, and if a parent has clubfoot there is a chance that a child may have it. The sandal gap refers to the appearance of the big toe being further away from the other toes when an ultrasound is performed on the fetus in the womb. ...Read more
0.08%: "Congenital clubfoot is present at birth (the definition of "congenital") and affects the foot and/or ankle. There is no known cause for clubfoot, and it is twice as common in male children as it is in female children. The frequency of congenital clubfoot is approximately 1 per 1,240 live births". from the Cleveland Clinic, ...Read more
How often does talipes (club foot) with sandal gap in a fetus indicate some kind of chromosomal disorder?
Up to 33%: Fetal talipes equinovarus with or without sandal gap may be associated with a chromosomal abnormality as often as 33% of times, and when associated, other abnormalities are found. The most common association is with trisomy 18 (having an extra chromosome #18). In one study only 22% had isolated talipes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The important thing is that you're exercising. Sneakers may help some folks' feet withstand impact better; if you find this not to be necessary, wear whatever seems right. One can't think that the roman legions were much the worse for sandals rather than gym shoes. ...Read more
How much of health hazard to daily shower at a gym that is rarely cleaned? Even if you were wearing sandals? In terms of diseases you can pick up?
Rare hazards: We worry about fungal infections of the foot when showering barefoot at public showers and walking barefoot through a locker room. Staph. Infections would be a concern if sharing towels, razors, other equipment. Your risk should be very low if wearing shower shoes and only using your own equipment/toiletries. ...Read more
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