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Webbed Toes (Syndactyly)

Webbed Toes (Syndactyly)

Some individuals are self-conscious and go to great lengths to hide their webbed toes.

Webbed Toes (Syndactyly)

Webbed Toes, also known as syndactyly, is when two or more toes are joined with skin. It is one of the most common birth abnormalities that happens to one in every 2000-3000 baby. Research showed that it is slightly more common in male and Caucasian babies.

The most common form of webbed toes (syndactyly) is skin, but in rare cases, two or three toes may be joined with bones, nerves, blood vessels or muscles.

Causes

The exact causes of webbed toes (syndactyly) are unknown. It is not something mothers did or did not do during pregnancy. It happens when toes do not separate or do not complete separation during fetal development (between sixth and eighth fetal growth).

Certain genetic disorders such as down syndrome, Apert syndrome or Pfeiffer syndrome may be related to webbed toes (syndactyly)

Treatment

Webbed toes (Syndactyly) may not cause any functional difficulties if they are joined with skin only. Some patients may experience difficulty wearing certain shoes or may cause emotional and psychological distress in some patients.

Surgery

  • De-Syndactylisation using a skin graft

A full thickness skin graft is obtained from the redundant part of the ankle to cover the defect following separation of the toes. This procedure saves operation time, cost of surgery and minimal scarring in donor and graft sites.

Before & After Photos

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Surgery

When to consider surgery?

Surgery is indicated when non-surgical treatment fails.

Dr Kim offers de-syndactylisation surgery using a skin graft from your ankle. Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia or sedation and takes approximately 60 minutes.

Although you are allowed to walk on your foot after surgery (in a post-operative shoe) it is best to completely rest your foot and elevation is encouraged in the first 1 – 2 weeks following surgery.

Recovery

Full recovery usually takes around 6-8 weeks, and sports activities may resume around this time.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact him today to see if you are a good candidate for surgery

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Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM, DClinPod, FFPM RCPS(Glasg)

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Dr Kim has two offices, one located in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. The other is in Southport, Gold Coast.

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