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Separation of webbed toes

Posted by Eric S. on 12/21/00 at 22:58 (035278)

This is not a heel spur question but would like your opinion. My 15 year old son has webbed toes on both feet (the 2 toes next to the big toe) and when he was an infant we were told by a podiatrist that they could not be separated because they were fed by the same nerve. At my last visit to my podiatrist I ran this question by him and he said it could be done. What is your opinion of this?

Re: Separation of webbed toes

Bob G. on 12/22/00 at 02:02 (035286)

Eric, can your son swim? I'll bet he could make the olympics, or at least compete competitively.

I don't know about the nerve issue, but if I had webbed feet, I'd be out body surfin'.

Best of luck to your son, in whatever endeavor he chooses. BG

Re: Separation of webbed toes

Dr. Biehler on 12/22/00 at 09:34 (035296)

Most operations to separate web toes is done for cosmetic reasons unless there is an involvement with the underlying boney structure. It is not common for there to be a nerve missing for one of the toes, so I can not comment further on that part of the question. It usually comes down to personal desission. Dr. B.

Re: Separation of webbed toes

Bob G. on 12/22/00 at 02:02 (035286)

Eric, can your son swim? I'll bet he could make the olympics, or at least compete competitively.

I don't know about the nerve issue, but if I had webbed feet, I'd be out body surfin'.

Best of luck to your son, in whatever endeavor he chooses. BG

Re: Separation of webbed toes

Dr. Biehler on 12/22/00 at 09:34 (035296)

Most operations to separate web toes is done for cosmetic reasons unless there is an involvement with the underlying boney structure. It is not common for there to be a nerve missing for one of the toes, so I can not comment further on that part of the question. It usually comes down to personal desission. Dr. B.