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Clubbed Thumb Surgery: Is it Possible?

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In many ways, clubbed thumbs or toe thumbs are endearing. They’re short, cute, and would certainly stand out if you’re trying to hitch a ride, so you can leave all those “plain-thumbed” hitchhikers in the dust.

Even though there’s medically nothing wrong with having stubbed thumbs, some of their owners often feel somewhat self-conscious about them.

Truly, there’s no need to feel that way. In fact, Dr. Arora would not advise or perform any type of surgery for clubbed thumbs in 99.99% of the cases he has seen.

However, if you are having trouble gripping or writing or have associated hand conditions, surgery for clubbed thumbs may be possible albeit risky.

Facts About Clubbed Thumb Surgery

Before we get into the basic facts about clubbed thumb surgery, let’s define what a clubbed thumb is.

Also known as a “toe thumb” or “stub thumb,” a clubbed thumb is more formally identified as a Brachydactyly type D skeletal variation. It may also be called “Brachymegalodactylism” . . . such a big word for such a little thumb, right?

Speaking of “little,” a clubbed thumb is simply about 2/3 the size of a longer thumb. The nail bed may be shorter and wider as well. Stub thumbs are genetic, just like the color of someone’s eyes or hair.

There is no simple surgical solution for clubbed thumbs. Risks include scarring, loss of sensation, and abnormal nail growth.

Surgery options for this type of brachydactyly are not formalized in any way in the United States. Some treatments may be completed in other countries, but they are not typical for the U.S.

The primary type of surgery for clubbed thumbs is an osteotomy. During an osteotomy, the bone is cut, and a bone grafting material is used to reshape the thumb, making it longer and narrower as needed.

However, your hand is a complex system. If you were born with clubbed thumbs, they most likely function optimally with the rest of your hand, just like a well-oiled machine. Narrowing the thumb or making it longer may change the dynamics of your hand’s functionality.

Dr. Arora’s philosophy is generally, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Because clubbed thumb surgery is typically not advisable, just keep this in mind. Up to 3 percent of people in any given population have stub thumbs, so you’re not alone. In fact, some very beautiful and famous celebrities have toe thumbs.

If nothing else, consider it a gift — a beautiful feature that highlights how unique you really are.

Schedule a Consultation with our Hand Specialist in Southeast Michigan

If you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your hands, make an appointment to see Dr. Arora in West Bloomfield, Warren, Macomb Township, or Howell.

To make an appointment, call the hand doctor’s West Bloomfield office or send us a message through our website.

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‘Toe Thumbs’: Wonderfully Distinctive

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A Detroit area woman who was recently ghosted after a first date was curious about the reason why, so she had a local radio station contact her date. And would you guess what the reason was? Go ahead, take a guess. … It wasn’t because of her looks; she was beautiful. It wasn’t because of her personality; they said they had a good date. Wouldn’t you know it? Of all things in the world, it was because she had “toe thumbs.”

As surprising as that sounds, she’s not the first to be called out on it.

The gorgeous actress and model Megan Fox has been scrutinized for having “toe thumbs” too.

You know what we say? If that’s the worst of your problems, you can consider yourself very fortunate.

There is really nothing wrong with this type of thumb, which is more appropriately called a “clubbed thumb” or “stub thumb.” It works just like any other thumb. It just looks a wee bit shorter and wider. It’s cute if you really think about it.

Technically, it’s a Brachydactyly type D skeletal variation, or Brachymegalodactylism.

Those big words simply mean that the thumb is about 2/3 the size of a longer thumb, and the nail bed is usually shorter as well.

The reason it occurs is nothing serious. The end bones of the thumbs are shorter, and that’s essentially all there is to it. It’s just one of those genetic factors that make people who they are.

So we’ve mentioned Megan Fox, but do you know of any other celebrities who have these thumbs?

We do!

  • Sanaa Lathan (“The Family that Preys,” “The Best Man,” “Now You See Me 2”)
  • Malin Akerman (“The Proposal,” “Watchmen”)
  • Tory Mussett (“Peter Pan,” “Boogeyman”)
  • Ashley Tesoro (Christian and country music singer, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Did you ever even notice? Probably not, because all of those celebrities are beautiful just the way they are.

So if you have clubbed thumbs, wear them proudly!

If you still genuinely don’t like them, contact us to learn more about clubbed thumb surgery options or other solutions.

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