Webbed Feet On The Rise Could We Be Evolving?

Forget about Spiderman, alien and other characters lets talk about webbed man or woman. Have you ever noticed someone with webbed feet? Webbed feet are prevalent in birds like duck, amphibians like frog and mammals like a kangaroo.

However, if you talk about humans, it is a rare condition. There are not much people with this condition the percentage is considerably low, and one person is affected amongst 2500-3000 person.

What are Webbed feet

You might have heard webbed to, and probably you might know someone around you with webbed toes. Webbed feet is similar condition but a little more advanced stage of webbed toes.  Webbed feet in medical terminology refers to “Syndactyly.” It is a clinical condition in which the toes and other fingers are fused by a thin skin layer appearing like webbed feet.

How it develops

Scientifically, a human with webbed feet does not develop it; they are born with it. Webbed feet starts growing at the neonatal stages in the womb of a pregnant woman. The fetus hands and feet begin to split in the uterus.

It usually happens during the 6th or 7th week of pregnancy. Congenital disabilities can result in the development of webbed feet. The webbing can be partial or complete. It can be limited to toes and may extend to all fingers depending upon the congenital anomalies.

Causes of Webbed feet

Clinically there are various causes of this condition, Syndactyly. The vital cause is genetic abnormalities, environmental factors, Down and Apert syndromes. Apart from the above-listed causes, there are several cases in which the specific causes of webbed fingers and feet are still unknown. Genetically obtained traits are believed to be an outcome because a group of comparative members often share this ailment. On the other hand, the possibilities for just one member at a household to get syndactyly are also frequently seen.

Can people with webbed feet easily swim like Duck

No, scientifically it is impossible. Developing webbed feet does mean that the transformation of human nature. The birds or amphibian have webbed feet for a purpose to survive in a specific habitat. Whereas humans have a different level of adaptation. If developing webbed feet would have made swimming easy, then what about developing wings and directly flying without catching any flight. It can happen in imagination but not in reality.

Facts about webbed feet humans

It is common to fear amongst parents when they witness their newborn with webbed feet. The most common concern is about survival and being teased by others due to strange looking feet. As far as child psychology is concerned, they do not care, and some kids will find it unique and fresh.

However, parents concerns are genuine, and syndactyly is something that needs to be addressed commonly rather than any genetic defects. Typically, it is possible to fix webbed feet. Treatment is available for this clinical condition. The treatment is generally conducted via a surgical procedure between the ages of 12 and 18 months until complete development of webbing has occurred.

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