Hands and Feet

Hand and feet malformations in children are most often discovered at birth. They can present as an extra digit called polydactyly or in webbed form called syndactyly. Both conditions are often hereditary and are fairly common. They can be treated with one or more surgeries depending on the complexity of the growth.
Polydactyly This is a common defect in which the fetus develops extra fingers and/or toes. The extra digit(s) is usually smaller than the others. It can be made up of skin and soft tissue that is connected to the hand by skin or it can be a more fully formed digit that is connected to the hand by bone.
Syndactyly A syndactyly is a common defect in which the fetus develops webbed fingers and/or toes. The digits can be complete, meaning that they are joined all the way to the tips, or incomplete, which describes digits that are joined only part way up. The digits are attached by skin and soft tissue or bone.

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