Medically referred to as syndactyly (a name that also refers to webbed fingers), webbed toes are described as two or more toes fused together. While it is normal for animals such as ducks and frogs to have webbed toes, it is not as common among humans.
Webbed Toes – Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
During early fetal development, all our toes and fingers are webbed together. At six to eight weeks, however, apoptosis takes place and an enzyme dissolves the tissue between the digits, causing the webbing to disappear.
Webbed toes are said to occur in approximately one out of every 2,000 live births. The toes most commonly webbed together are the second and third.
There are six types of webbed digits: simple, complex, complete, incomplete, fenestrated, and polysyndactyly. Dr. Sherman Nagler breaks down of each:
Webbed toes may also be called duck toes, twin toes, or tiger toes. Although this condition does not impair one’s ability to walk, run, jump, or swim, there are some disadvantages.
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