By | July 29th, 2011|

Most people normally only have 10 toes but a young boy in India has recently broken a world record after being born with 34 fingers and toes!

According to a recent Herald-Sun report one year old Akshet Saxena was born with an astonishing 10 toes on each foot. He has since had a series of surgeries to amputate the excess digits. The condition is known as polydactyly.

What is polydactyly?

Polydactyly is a congenital condition resulting in excess digits on the hand or feet. The condition has an incidinece of approximately 1 in every 500 live births (Dr.Greene).

Normally the extra digit is just soft tissue but sometimes it can contain bones and joints. In the feet the extra digit is most common on the outside of the foot next to the little toe. One extra digit normally doesn’t cause much of a problem for the foot and is commonly left untreated. Many excess digits however may result in amputations to help with shoe fit and foot function.