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Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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50 Responses to Beam Me Up!

  1. Anonymous says:

    hi

  2. Nancy says:

    Another one with webbed toes on both feet. Again, like all the rest, it’s the 2nd & 3rd toes on each foot. Webbed about 3/4 way up. I tell people it helps me swim better.

  3. kathy says:

    Another one with webbed toes on both feet. Again, like all the rest, its the 2nd and 3rd toes on each foot. Webbed about 3/4 way up. I told kids they got stuck together with peanut butter and jelly when I was just a little baby.

  4. Kitti says:

    My daughter has webbed feet, she is about 2 months and her 4th and 5th toes are joined together i can tell how much affect it has on her now but i hope it doesn’t become bothersome in the future.

  5. sarah says:

    froggy! my friends gave me that nickname an i still havent bin able 2 live it down cuz i cant escape the fact that i hhave webbed toes! but its ok with me now cuz i love frogs! but i still dont like showin my toes! i just feel weird!

  6. Heather says:

    I had webbed toes on my left foot. It was my 2nd and 3rd toes. They were conjoined all the way up… When i was little i felt so special and i loved it cuz it made me different. But once i entered highschool i became very self consious about it. I wouldnt wear nething that showed my feet, i eveen hated changing my socks in gym cuz i was afraid sumone would make fun of me.. But i had a surgery done to correct them, and all that did was leave ugly scars and i feel stupid. I wish i would have left them alone! I miss them now! I cant feel them ne more cuz of the surgury, and the scars are uglier then the toes were in the first place.. so if ne one is thinking of doing the surgery… dont! it was the most painful experiance of my life.. there cute! leave em alone!

  7. M&M says:

    This comment is for Heather. I can relate to how you feel. I often wish I had not gone through with the surgery because I did like my toes before. I just knew others didn’t view it as normal whatsoever and I hated being looked at as if I was a freak or alien. I was always a popular kid throughout school but I what I wouldn’t have done to meet a girl like myself who I could have related too. I honestly believe I saw every single one of my friends toes and not one had a single webbed digit lol. Really sucked so I kept them hid all to well. Plus I’m sure we all heard the kids jokes about *oooo what if your toes were webbed ahahaha*. I hated that lol. I can honestly say that I did like the way it felt before surgery. Yea I can feel between them but it’s not the same. I’ve never seen pictures or results of anyone elses toes after surgery, if you or anyone else cares to share pics with me that’d be great. Thanks

  8. Sarah says:

    When I was born, my mom thought there was something wrong with me. But my pediatrition laughed and it ended up he had them too. I know 4 people besides myself that have webbed toes. I don’t mind wearing flip-flops or showing off my feet. My screen name is actually duckyfeet–blah blah blah. A lot of people laugh and ask where I came up with that. I just say, “I have webbed toes.” I think it’s cool.
    Apparently webbed toes are supposed to be genetic. No one in my family had heard of webbed toes until there was me. But about a week ago, my cousin was born, and he has webbed toes. I think it’s awesome. Webbed toed people of the world: UNITE!

  9. Emily says:

    I love my Webbed toes(right foot, 2nd and 3rd toes)!! I just bought some toe socks and modified them for my special feet. My mother told me that they are “the luck of the Irish”. I just wondered if anyone else had ever heard of this being lucky?

  10. Rachael says:

    i have webbed toes too! i love them, they’re so cute! my dad, my grandfather, and great-grandfather all had them! im the only girl in the family to get em! and all my relatives always tell me that when i was born, dad didnt care if i was male or female, only just if i had the toes!

  11. Tami says:

    Hi, My daughter is a year old, and she has webbed feet with her fourth and fifth toes connected on both of her feet, I dont know if this will bother her, im already having problems finding shoes for her. Id like to know if someone has the same problem with the fourth and fifth toes and if they have some inspiring words or advice for me, thanks.

  12. jangbang says:

    Greetings from Germany from US expatriot with webbed-toes 3/4 on both feet. Its cool to know I ‘m not alone with this.Mykidsall 4 are”normal”.

  13. Katie says:

    Hey everyone! I have webbed toes too, and I absolutely love them!! My sister has them too but she wants surgery to get them separated! I tried to convince her not to but she wont listen….it’s a shame. Here’s a funny one you all will appreciate…the dumbest question I was asked about them was,”does it hurt?”

  14. Rachel says:

    Im so happy toknow that I am not the only person in the world with webbed toes. I am self conscience about it, only in the summertime. I have always thought about having surgery, but i heard that it is severely painful. My mom thinks they are cute shes always called them “her little puppy toes”.

  15. stef says:

    hey im 16 n hav webbed toes, i hate them, i dont think they are cute at all, im really self conscious of them, and my friends tell me their cute, and i havent shown my boyfriend my feet, he doesnt know bout them and iv been with him for 2 years but i wont wear sandels or open toe shoes, i have applied for surgery, and should be getting it soon, i dont know what the after effects look like, does any one have any photos of what they look like after? and do you think im making the wrong decision about getting rid of them? Please write back on this board, so i know if uv had the surgery done, thanx

  16. sheryl says:

    I was curious to see what was said about webbed toes. On both of my feet I have the 2nd and 4rd webbed with my left foot only 1/2 way webbed. On my right foot the webbing goes all the way up to my nails. I’ve hidden my feet from everyone except my family. Now for the first time, I wear open toe sandals to the school I work at. I figure if I’m telling my students to except themselves as God made them, then I needed to practice what I preached.
    Sheryl

  17. deanna says:

    hey all i have webbed toes 3/4 up 2nd and 3rd on both feet Im 30 yrs old and am very imbarresssed to wear any open toe shoe so i either buy shoes that offer a big flower or alter them myself . alot of people i have been friends with for a long time still dont know.. Honestly if you involve yourself with opened minded people no one really cares. Your are the toe life of the party.. Im am married and have 2 kids ..pedicures are out of the picture but my hands look great lol

  18. C says:

    Hey everyone, i’m 15 year old guy and i have webbed toes, 2 and 3 on both feet and I HATE THEM!!! I want to wear sandals and i want to walk around bare foot but i am way to imbarressed to do any of that. I want to be a normal kid or atleast have toes like everyone else so that i can enjoy my last few years in highschool instead of hiding from everyone. I started to wear birkenstocks to school without socks since they covered up my toes. I thought that it would help me in being more comfortable with my feet but it did the exact opposite. Now i want the surgury even more! When i am going over to a friends house or i know i am going to take my shoes off i do not wear the birkenstocks or i will wear them with socks, it’s ridiculous. I really really want this surgury but i am scared that the outcome is going to look terrible. I am also in sports, i play baseball and football and basically i’m willing to sit out a full year if thats what it takes. Seriously if any of you guys have pictures of before and after surgury or any stories of having surgury that would help me so much. I am honostly willing to do anything to get this surgury. I feel like these toes are controlling my life, i want to go to the beach and have fun but i refuse to go because of the toes. So PLEASE PLEASE give me some advice before i go and follow through with the surgury. THANK YOU
    -C

  19. *J* says:

    -C,I know Exactly how you feel my second and third toes on each of my feet are stucked together. I won’t where sandals at ALL only around family, and still I feel embaraced. My brother and sister buy those $60 Rainbow sandals and they wonder why I don’t want them. But hell I won’t where them b/c of my stupid toes! so why waste my damn money.
    Does anyone else know how much the surgery cost? Is it an out-patient surgery? Or do you have to stay over-nite?
    PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS!

  20. sherry says:

    my daughter was just born 2 weeks ago and she has webbed toes on both feet (2nd and 3rd.) I’m trying to decide if I should have it taken care of while she is little or wait for her to decide? They do say it’s best to have it done between 6 months and 2 years old. any advice?
    thanks, sherry

  21. Anonymous says:

    a new yahoo group for webbed toes plenty of picturs in the group and you can up load yours too http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/webbed_toes/

  22. Carol says:

    I never knew I had webbed toes until I saw Ashton Kutcher on TV explaining that he had them, and I thought, “Those look just like my toes!” I always thought I just had really pretty feet. It’s a bummer finding out when you’re 54 that everybody else has been thinking they’re really ugly.

  23. Lorraine says:

    Hi there, I too have webbed toes 2nd and 3rd toe on both feet. Like one of the other writers I am the only female in our family with them. My father and grandfather (who imigrated to New Zealand from Denmark in 1872) also had them. I used to get teased when I was young and told I must be like a duck. Also had the same silly question “does it hurt” as one of the other writers had. I don’t mind them unless something gets caught between them. Ouch!

  24. Holly says:

    I cannot believe that so many people on this site have such incorrect spelling? How can you not know that webbed toes are not “normal” …..and why wouldn’t you want them fixed? Just curious……

  25. Samantha says:

    Well oh yes you guessed it i have webbed feet too, both feet 2nd an 3rd toes i used to hate it and b embarassed, not show my boyfriends, never wear sandals, just be so mortified by the thought of anyone seeing them but now im nearly 20 and i couldnt care less. You just to have to sit down for one minute and think of all the millions of people out there with far worse problems and think how MINOR it is in comparison. Really and truely all feet are completely rotton anyway, well they are hardly the most beautiful part of the body are they? They are my party piece and i love them, they have even been named for ur information the left is webina and the right webby. LONG LIVE ALL WEBBAS IN THE WORLD

  26. Michael says:

    yes, I also have webbed feet…2nd and 3rd toes 3/4 up on both feet. My grandfather had them on my father’s side. I never thought anything of them ’till I was about 14 and one of my friends made a comment (kids can be cruel). I used to like the beach (even though I burned badly). I hid them for most of my adult life and when I was 39 I booked a job on a cruise ship to Europe as a model for the cruise line with 11 other models. I just decided that I had to let them out and that was that. Over the next 13 days on the boat I hung at the pool and went to the beach in Greece, etc., etc. and couldn’t believe that NOBODY MADE A COMMENT! I think that WE as people with webbed toes have an obvious “thing” about them and “normal” people never even look at other people’s toes.
    I’m 54 now and still don’t do pool parties…but it’s really stupid. Who cares…they’re toes. I think if my mom had them separated when I was born with a quick snip that I would have maybe had a different life in a lot of ways and that’s a little sad, but it’s never hurt me in the girlfriend arena or with an ex-wife and the phobia is all ours and in our heads. Enjoy them…we are special.

  27. Heather says:

    Hey, I just heard that webbed toes, which I have through my mother (probably through her Cree/Athabaskan lineage), are a hereditary characteristic appearing in descendents of Atlantean parentage. Buddha apparently had webbed toes! So be proud of them!

  28. Veronica says:

    well i have webbed feet too i am in the 8th grade and eveyone does that frog noise ” ribbit” and sometimes i just want to hit them in the face and tell them u know what i cant do anything about who i am or what god planned for me too look like and i really just want it to go away but it always keeps going on since the 5th grade i really just want to give up… have any tips or helpful things too make them stop???

  29. Veronica says:

    hey basically all im saying is that kids at my school ( im in the 8th grade) are saying ribbit ribbit to me and i cant make it stop im getting to the point where i want to push them to the ground and tell them i cant do anything about it and god made me this way and this is how its gonna be for the rest of my life! i was looking for toe socks for webbed feeted people on the internet and i stumbled onto this website. so if u wanted too know….

  30. rach says:

    heya i hav webbed feet 2 and omg i do be so embaressed about it i hate dem n i wana get da surgery 2 get them seperated im embaressed 2 sho my ryt foot!!my left foots completely normal how much duz it cost?and i heard it looks awful afterwards!?is this true!?

  31. Allie says:

    I have webbed toes too, let’s start a club…

  32. nikkolas says:

    Hi, im 18, and i have webbed toes, 2nd and 3th toes in each foot.I hate them because I can´t swimming. I never wear flip-flops. I am feet etish too, I love female feet especialy webbed female feet. if you like a fotograph of my feet, write here please

  33. Kameron Pittman says:

    Hey! Does it hurt when u get them seperated? I wont it so bad But I dotn wotn it to hurt or have bad scars Can I see some pics. Please? Please?
    Kam

  34. Charlie says:

    Hi everyone, well on both my feet my 2nd and 3rd toes were very webbed and all my life (32yrs,Mum of one)I have hated them, sorry to all you webbed feet lovers but my feet were a pain in my side, I was bullied because of them and from a young age just did not like them, so to cut a very long story short, 2 weeks ago I had an opertion to have them seperated.It was under a general anaesthetic so I had to stay in hospital and I won’t lie it has been painful,(not as bad as childbirth!!) and very uncomfortable, I could not walk propery for the first week and to have my feet redressed was very tender, but I have to say that I am really pleased with the finished result, I am still in the healing process and I have been told that another couple of weeks I should be back to normal, for me it’s been worth it and I am soooo looking forward to buying lots of summer shoes but it has not been an easy journey,but I have to say that I am very happy with the decision I made.

  35. Selena says:

    Omg! I hate my webbed toes! I have always hid them even some of my cousins and other family members, only my best friends know. It’s genetic, I got it from my dad who is fine with it. This summer I am considering surgery to get them seperated. Although I have heard they leave huge scars and many people regret having it done. If anyone has had the surgery please tell me if it is worth it, I need to know. Thanks.

  36. Charlie says:

    Hi Selena,
    I had surgery six weeks ago to have my 2nd and 3rd toes on both feet separated and I am soooo pleased with the way my feet are looking. It’s been a tough journey as it has been rather painful and am still having my feet dressed at my local surgery but they look amazing and let me tell you, shoe shopping has taken a whole new dimension!!!If it’s what you really want my advice is to go for it!!!

  37. lisa says:

    I would love to see pictures of before and after pictures. I too am considering separating them.

  38. maz says:

    I have webbed toes and VERY self conscious about them. I am getting married next year and we are going abroad which means we will be swimming and will be very hot. I have been searching the web for toe covers or similar for when you are swimming but had no luck. Does anyone know if these exist? I found swim socks but they go right up to your ankles and would look daft with a swimsuit.
    I was trying to find something like ballet pumps only made of rubber if you know what i mean! Any help would be greatly appreciated! x

  39. Karen says:

    I really thought I’d never meet another person with webbed feet. I haven’t but reading other peoples stories online lets me know I am surely not alone. Just as a few people have already mentioned mine are on the 2nd and 3rd toes as well. I have this on both feet but it’s much worse on the left. As a child it bothered me loads. I am 38 now and I wear sandles and I never even give thought to anyone seeing my feet. I’ve never had anyone go woah your toes are stuck together or anything. My daughters have them too. Not as noticible as mine but there none the less.

  40. Susan says:

    In every generation we’ve got a couple of family members with the 2nd and 3rd toes webbed. We think we’ve traced it back to our English grandmother’s line. When I was a child, I was terribly self-conscious and was teased a lot, but I grew out of it, and actually was known for being “sure-footed” during hikes on mountain trails and while climbing! I went barefooted a lot and my friends were amazed that I was the one who never got stickers, twisted ankles, etc. I don’t know if that has anything to do with my toes, but it puts a positive spin on them! Plus I’m a Pisces, ruler of the feet, and they say you either have very beautiful feet, or “unusual” feet! Not only that, my 2nd toes are longer than the first! This was classic Greek beauty, if you look on the ancient statues. Also folklore says people with this attribute are born leaders and rule the roost around home! Anyway, a long time ago I was dating this guy, and I took off my shoes to go barefoot around the house. Suddenly he started giggling and saying stuff like, “Hey, Webster, I bet you’re a really good swimmer!” I was so embarrassed and didn’t know what to say to this jerk! He kept saying, “Hey, Webster,” making little taunts and jokes, and then he took off his own shoes and– HE HAD WEBBED TOES JUST LIKE MINE!!!!!!!! We had a good laugh over that one and discussed the whole issue, our childhood troubles with it, etc. And both agreed that it really wasn’t so bad at all as an adult. I have no problem wearing sandals or open toes and nobody seems to notice anymore.

  41. daniel says:

    yes, got the same thing , just didn’t know there are more of us out there, i have the 2nd and 3th toe on the left foot webbed all the way. I noticed there are lots of you which are partially joined, it beats me why mine are all the way, even my nails are slighty over eachother and the bottom top is completly joined, they tell me my print looks like tweety’s foot 🙂 never had no problems, just a little heavy on the clutch
    i find it hard to believe you’d get them seperated ,unless it impairs you i guess
    m,27,the netherlands

  42. tracy says:

    This website is great!! I never thought in a million years would I find other people with the same thoughts and fears. I have webbed toes on the second and third toe also, but they are shorter, kinda stubby!! What a combo!! I feel so bad because I have 2 daughters that love to swim during the summer, and I never go into the pool with them because I’m always to embarassed!! Also, never ever wear sandals or flip flops! I see all these pretty shoes for summer, and I always think what a bummer! Couldn’t ever imagine my toes in those pretty shoes. I think I would pass out if I had those on in public!! The funny thing is, is that I was a professional dancer for many years, went to New York for competitions, classes, etc.. It never affected that! If anything it may have helped me with my turns!! Ha Ha!! Because of this, my webbed toes, I truly believe it has given me a sense of humbleness. People that are different, maybe with 2 fingers, or whatever, it makes me just want to go up to them, and get to know them, because I know that things like that can be very hard on a person. I just wish that there weren’t so many cruel people in the world!! Many thanks to all that have written in to this website with all there thoughts!! I really feel like I’m not alone anymore!!!!! Tracy

  43. tracy says:

    Where have all the webbies gone? Nobody is writing anymore. Wake up all you webbies!!!!!!!!

  44. Dougal says:

    I’ve created some forums for discussing webbed toes. Hopefully, this will be easier to manage than a bunch of comments on my blog posts.

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  46. sydney says:

    I have them too, between the second and third digit. I’m about to go off to college in the next year, and i’m really starting to worry about it. I’ve always been confident, but living with someone entirely new, with this! I never show my feet, and thats kind of unavoidable when living together. I want the surgery desparately. I don’t even know if my parents would let me, they have always been the parents to tell you you’re beautiful no matter what. Someone please talk to me about this.

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  48. cathy says:

    Mother of a daughter that has was born with her 2nd and third toes together on both feet. She has always wanted toe socks. Does anyone know someone that makes special toe socks?? Any help or comments would be great!

  49. c says:

    yeah..can any of you relate to this??? do people ask you when they see your webbed toes “does it hurt”…how stupid of a question..aight that’s my piece..lata

  50. Dougal says:

    I’m closing comments on these blog posts in favor of the forums that I set up for this purpose. The forums will allow you to have discussions in a more structured format.

    Go: Geek Ramblings Forums

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