Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tiger toes

When Sterling was a few days old, I was sitting outside with him waiting for the girls to come home on the school bus. I happened to be looking at his toes and I noticed the weirdest thing on his right foot: his second and third toes seemed to be partially connected. Then I looked at his left foot, and those second and third toes seemed to be partially connected, too!


As soon as I could, I googled it. And it is a thing: syndactyly, twin toes, duck toes, or tiger toes. Awesome.

Wikipedia says this condition sometimes runs in families. So we took a closer look at all of our toes, and it turns out that Magdalena has slight tiger toes, too!

Also: ME. I just learned something new about myself at age 32. This is even weirder than my crooked nostrils (ask me about it sometime. Or I'll just tell you: one of my nostrils is horizontal and the other is more vertical. But you only really notice it if you're, you know, looking at my nostrils, which means you have to be below me, looking up at, again, my nostrils. This has happened, though - a kid at church once blurted out in the middle of a lesson I was teaching, "woah, your nostrils are crooked!").

For a few moments after our discovery of Sterling's tiger toes, we mourned the lost opportunity for him to ever wear those five-finger shoes. Otherwise, though, his tiger toes are pretty neat! So are Magdalena's. And mine.

13 comments:

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Mmmm, I've never noticed tiger toes on anyone in our family. Am I just never looking at their feet? And I hadn't thought about family nostrils for decades. That comes from the Schillo side of Dad's family. Your gr-grandma Ruby had them as does Grandma June's sister, Elaine. Maybe others??

On another note, who in the fam has my droopy left eye?

Jen said...

That. Is. Awesome.

Crys said...

Amazing! Cool how kids teach you new stuff about yourself.

Lisa Lou said...

My husband, son and father-in-law have crazy matching toes too! The fourth toe curves around and hides behind the third toe, making the toenail extremely soft and flimsy. It's like living family history!

Matt Anderson said...

Hey, I've got this a little bit. But my brother has it so that they are connected more than half way... possibly 2/3rds of the way up the toes on both feet. I don't think its had any real effect on the success in his life, but he jokes that he is a better swimmer because of it :)

Unknown said...

I love this. My Samuel was also born with twin second and third toes on both feet, although his seem to be slightly more connected than Sterling's.

But, unlike you, we haven't found anyone else in the family with similar toes. At least not yet. :)

Britney said...

That was my comment above.

Ashley said...

I have tiger toes and my sister was born with those two toes completely webbed. And I did mourn when I couldn't comfortably wear toe socks when they were so popular in High School.

Ariana said...

Whoa, cool! Genetics in action.

elliespen said...

My husband has the exact same thing, but only on his left foot. He claims that it makes him swim in circles. He also likes to proudly state that he is a mutant.

Bridget said...

Take a closer look. Mine is very slight, but the webbing between my second and third toes is definitely higher than the others. Magdalena has it a little more than me and Sterling's is the most. I'll show you when you come.

Bridget said...

It's so weird to me that I had never heard of such a thing until Sterling had it, and now I am hearing all kinds of stories of people who have it! I guess it's more common than you think, but who ever takes a good look at other people's toes? I guess we just don't notice it.

Kathy Haynie said...

Duh, children of Oregonians have webbed toes, right?

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