Posted by Greg
on November 22, 2000 at 12:43:55:
In Reply to: overlapping fifth toes posted by Jason on September 14, 2000 at 00:02:32:
: My fifth toes are gradually overlapping my fourth toes. I was born with normally positioned toes but in my teens my little toes began to ride up onto my fourth toes if my feet were in certain positions. This started with my right foot and soon followed with my left one. This is gradually gotten more intense to where walking or even shifting my weight while standing will cause my little toes to ride up. I am 28 years old now and neither little toe touches the ground anymore. Both, especially my right one, are noticeibly moving up on to my fourth toes. Does anyone else have toes like this or know what would cause this?
Yes, my little toes on both feet overlap my fourth toes and touch my third toes. I have had this since birth. It was not as bad when I was about 10 or 11 but by the time I was 20 my little toes had flattened out and had migrated to where the are now. they rest over the top of where my fourth toes connect to my foot. My grandmother had this same condition and so did her daughter, my fathers sister. My father did not. I used to get teased when I was young and didn't like to go barefoot. now I go barefoot all of the time.
As I got older someone might ask about my toes from time to time but not often. A foot doctor suggested that if they caused me pain or bothered me I could have them amputated and I did think about it. But my little toes have never caused me any trouble or discomfort so I still have them.
Most good foot doctors tend not to recommend corrective surgery or amputation unless you are in great deal of disomfort. I think that one in 500 to a 1000 people have this condition it is the third most common toe deformity.