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Does Ashton Kutcher have Webbed Toes? The Podiatry Group

Even one of Hollywood’s good looking and popular actor has flaws. Webbed Toes might be one of them, Ashton Kutcher, the Hollywood heartthrob known for his acting skills,  during an interview funnily shows off his webbed toes which made us believe that even Hollywood celebrities have flaws.

What is webbed toes?

A webbed toe is a physical condition that affects 1 out of 2500 infants. Webbed toes are also known as syndactyly, a kind of physical deformity that usually affects the second and third toes. Syndactyly condition can be classified as simple or complex. Simple syndactyly is a condition which is present at birth and the toes are only joined by soft tissues while complex syndactyly is a condition that can be a part of the syndrome.

Syndactyly or webbed toes is a failure of differentiation where toes fail to separate from its appendages. Consult a podiatrist for more information on webbed toes. The doctors of The Podiatry Group are podiatrists who specialize in foot disorders.

What are some of the possible causes of webbed toes?

According to some people, webbed toes are hereditary. Webbed toes are also associated with the mother’s nutritional intake and smoking habits while pregnant. The following are the conditions where webbed toes are associated:

  • Amniotic band syndrome
  • Berdet-Beidl syndrome
  • Edward’s syndrome
  • Fetal hydantoin effect
  • Miller syndrome
  • Poland syndrome
  • Timothy syndrome
  • Aarskog-Scott syndrome
  • Apert’s syndrome
  • Carpenter’s syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Familial syndactyly
  • Holt-Oram syndrome
  • Pfeiffer syndrome
  • Smith-Limli-Opitz syndrome

What are some of the signs and symptoms of webbed toes?

Webbed toes are visible at birth and while using a fetal ultrasound. At the first sign of syndactyly, the physician will refer you to a specialist that specializes in webbed toes so he can guide you to a more specific and detailed plan of treatment.

Is there a possible treatment for webbed toes?

Always check with your Podiatrist. 

  1. As early as possible, webbed toes can be treated to separate the joined toes.
  2. Medical therapy. This is a surgical intervention in infants aging from 5 to 6 months.
  3. Surgical therapy. A surgery is needed as soon as possible if there are more than two webbed toes involved.

How to prevent webbed toes?

  • It is said that prevention is better than cure but when it comes to webbed toes, sad to say, there is no known prevention for it. If your child is born with webbed toes, his doctor will check him immediately for signs of a more complex condition. An x-ray is used to see if his bones or only soft tissues are joining.

At The Podiatry Group, located in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and Cherokee Village, we specialize in helping people find relief from foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call (870) 931-3338.