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Congenital Deformities

The physicians at Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) treat numerous congenital conditions for children. “Congenital” means that a condition was present at birth.

Some of the common congenital hand conditions include:

  • Extra fingers (Polydactyly)
  • Webbed fingers (Syndactyly)
  • Missing fingers (Symbrachydactyly)
  • Abnormal thumbs
  • Limited movement or stiff joints (Arthrogryposis)

Congenial limb conditions and defects occur when a limb fails to form normally when the baby is developing. Some of the most common of these may include:

  • Complete or partial absence of the limb
  • A portion of the limb does not separate (usually fingers or toes)
  • Duplication of a body part (extra fingers or toes)
  • The limb is larger than the normal limb
  • The limb is smaller than the normal limb
  • Constriction band syndrome caused by rupture of the amniotic sac during the child’s development resulting in bands that can become entangled in the arms/legs of the fetus

OIC has a team of pediatric orthopaedic specialists who specialize in these types of conditions.