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Extra Finger or Toe

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Five children in 10,000 are born with an extra finger or toe. ‘Polydactyly’ is the medical name for this, and in some babies the extra digit appears fully formed, while in others there’s just a little stump. In half of all cases, the condition is hereditary. It rarely means there’s any other physical problem.

Years ago, physicians used to tie up the extra finger or toe, stopping the blood supply so that eventually the flesh died. The extra finger or toe has nerves just like any other part of the body so this was very painful! Doctors don’t do this anymore, and it is possible to have extra digits removed by surgery, though not all local hospitals will do this. The operation is a simple one done under a local anaesthetic, and once the hand has healed kids will have no other problems.

If you don’t or can’t have an extra finger or toe removed, doctors recommend taping it up to the next one. This not only makes it less obvious, but makes it easier putting on shoes, gloves etc.

Though having an extra finger or toe can be inconvenient under some circumstances, it shouldn’t actually impair kids’ ability to do things, but as they grow older and go to school, they may feel self-conscious and suffer from teasing. The psychological aspect can be harder to handle than the physical feature. For that reason most parents do opt for surgery, but there are plenty of celebrities who’ve spoken about their own experiences of polydactyly, offering proof that it’s completely normal. Bond girl and St Trinians star Gemma Arterton was born with six fingers on each hand, and subsequently had them removed. “I feel like we’re one-step ahead,” she’s said. “a sign of things to come. We could do more stuff if we had extra fingers – faster texting, emailing, better guitar-playing.”

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i also have extra finger . some of them make fun of me . but i don't care of it i feel it is a gods gift because I am different from others.





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I was born with an extra finger on each of my little fingers, but my parents told me it was removed when I was a baby. However the stump is still very visible and most of my friends in school think it's cool that I have six fingers. Even though my extra finger may not be as visible as that of other people. I appreciate that there is something different about me.





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I have an extra thumb on my right hand and it never bothers me ....its tiny and has nail and is very cute...My friend used to comment about it earlier but now its ok .I just believe it to be a god's gift





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Hi, Our baby boy was born with an additional digit on the side of the little finger on each of his hand. The doctors have told us that it cannot be corrected until there is funding available for it. It's such a shame as we would want it to be removed. Read a message here that it could take up over 3 years. Really getting a sinking feeling to it.





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My daughter was born with the same on both hands and she had them removed on the nhs when she was 8 months old. Hope it all works out for you x

don't worry its not that bad it could be worse

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I have 6 toes on each foot. But I've told anyone but I think my friends know from siblings l. I never show my feet and in so embarrassed by it :( I want it removed.





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i have an extra pinky on each hand and it doesnt bother me or my friends some of they think its weird but like touching it





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I think I would want the extra digit removed. Kids will tease them.





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what age could you have a 6th toe removed ?





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How young would the nhs remove an extra thumb from a baby?





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My child has a extra thumb also & the doc. told me that they'll look at it again at 6 months of birth to see which finger is dominant. He said that infants doesn't start to write until the age of 2. We will probably have his removed at age 1 if the doc. is ready to to so.

my son has just had an extra thumb removed. the doctor was fab (once we'd finally been refered to the correct department). my son is 3 and would still be on the waiting list unless i had complained to my my that we have been waiting to get this removed for over 3 years. i recommend demanding to speak to a plastic surgeon straight away and getting your mp involved as soon as possible or it could take a long time for the nhs to 'get around' to the surgery as it's not a priority for them. but as a mother it is for me as i wanted it done before my son starts full time school as i don't want him taking time off for a cosmetic procedure

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If you were the first in your family to have web feet and hands does that mean your child wil also hav it.?





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My son didn't inherit it!

not always sometimes the baby does but 7 times out of 10 it doesn't.





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