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"I cannot express enough how delighted I am with my "splitting joined toes" surgery from my initial encounter with the foot & ankle clinic at Harley street, I was very well informed of the procedures from start to finish with superb communication exchange by the team at Harley street.

Now, I can't find words to explain how Mr Jason Hargrave is the most amazing, talented surgeon I have ever met. See you'd expect someone his calibre to be arrogant & out of touch with his patients, far from the truth. Jason can do this operation with his eyes closed, that's how good he is. I think he was more excited than I was after the surgery. Jason takes more reward from the patient's satisfaction than his own work. Lovely man & simply the best.

I can't thank Jackie Morley enough for her amazing professionalism & care. She is very committed to make patients feel at ease with fantastic knowledge of the procedures. Truly amazing service!! I believe she should be a surgeon herself without a doubt. It's rare to come across a warm, friendly, attentive service theses days!

I will be doing my next foot very very soon & I will never consider anyone else to do it."



Webbed-Toes (syndactyly)

Webbed-Toes (syndactyly)

Webbed or webbing of the toes (medical term – syndactyly) is when two or more toes are fused together. Polysyndactyly describes webbing of multiple fingers or toes. Webbed toes are also known as "twin toes," "duck toes," and "tiger toes." The condition in humans is purely cosmetic. Syndactyly itself does not impair the ability to perform any physical activities such as walking, running, or swimming.

Psychological stress may arise from the fear of negative reactions to this condition from people who do not have webbed toes. This includes the fear of embarrassment to show feet in a situation where the feet are normally uncovered, such as on holiday or when swimming etc.

The amount the toes are joined does vary from simple partially joined to the more complex complete syndactyly. In most cases this is just the skin (simple syndactyly) but occasionally the bones can also be fused together (complex syndactyly), which would require an x-ray. In most cases the exact cause of digital syndactyly is unknown. However, there are some medical conditions that can cause it:

More common medical causes include: Down syndrome and Hereditary syndactyly

Very rare causes include: Apert syndrome; Carpenter syndrome; Cornelia de Lange syndrome; Pfeiffer syndrome and Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. Use of the medication hydantoin during pregnancy (foetal hydantoin effect) may cause syndactyly.

So far in our practice we have only seen the presentation as either a congenital (birth) defect with no underlying medical reason or a hereditary syndactyly. There are also various levels of webbing, from partial to complete. We do know that syndactyly is the result is incomplete separation of the toes in the uterus. It can affect any of the toes but the vast majority are the 2nd and 3rd toes. One or both feet may be involved although for 2-3 syndactyly, it is usually on both sides.


Toe Splitting Surgery (De-syndactyly) Patients

Toe Splitting Surgery (De-syndactyly) Patients

  • 8-weeks after 2nd-3rd toe separation
  • 8-weeks after 2nd-3rd toe separation surgery
  • 3-months after toe separation surgery for joined toes (aka: syndactyly)
  • Right foot six-months after de-syndactly procedure to separate the 2nd and 3rd toes
  • 4-months after separation with skin graft
  • Correction of a 'double' digit deformity, an abnormality from birth where the little toe had double the number of bones inside. Also known as a complex syndactyly or macrodactyly deformity.
  • Both feet 2nd and 3rd toes separated. 3-months between performing the surgery under local anaesthetic.

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    “I was over the moon with the service provided, Mr Hargrave was fantastic! I am healing well and the scar has almost disappeared after only 3 months. Would thoroughly recommend this centre.”


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