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    Up to date information about brachydactyly. Worldwide collaboration and exchange of experiences. This is the place to meet people with brachydactyly and get direct answers.

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    What Is Brachydactyly?

    Brachydactyly – is a condition that affects the fingers and toes. These bones are shorter than the other bones in the body. It is hereditary, and it is a dominant trait. Although the fingers and toes are usually shorter, it does not mean that the person cannot live a normal life. The condition might be associated with other congenital diseases, but this is not always the case. There is more than one form of the condition that will affect different fingers or toes on the body. Sometimes, this is one of the symptoms of dwarfism. If there are no signs of the condition in parents, then it is usually safe to say that any children will not have the condition.

    How to Live With Brachydactyly?
    People who have brachydactyly can lead completely normal lives. They need to adjust their writing and other activities to compensate for the shorter bones, but they can still do everything that their friends and family do. Some therapy might be needed to help with holding objects such as a pencil, eating utensils and other small items.

    Who Has This Condition?
    You might not be able to tell who has brachydactyly because it is not one of the conditions that people usually pay attention to. Megan Fox is an actress who has the condition, and she goes about her daily life like nothing is wrong. She continues acting even if people are looking at her shorter thumbs. Ashley Tesoro is a very famous model in the United States who does very well with shorter fingers.

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    28 comments to Brachydactyly

    • Not So Bad

      Many people have never heard of brachydactyly. That is not surprising because it is not very common. Brachydactyly is a condition where a person’s fingers or toes are quite short. There are many variations from of this condition from clubbed feet to slightly shorter then average phalanges. I am lucky that my fingers only seem slightly smaller than normal. It is hard for me to wear gloves or type on the computer. However, I make the best of what I was given in life.

    • Alan

      I can honestly say no one seems to have the foggiest about this disorder, its not this , its not that ,yet not one can tell me what it is. I am a 49 year old male , the abnormality runs in my family from my grandfathers side. All my digits on my hands and feet are affected. Some of my fingers are crooked bending in towards my index finger. our joints are ill fitting and lose , dislocating fingers and elbows are common throughout our family . Hypertension and heart disease also seem to accompany this family trait , with male members not living past their early 50s. Myself , I had a heart attack at 39 and bypass surgery in my 40s. The statement that you can lead a normal life is a little misleading . I think a lot more detail on types , pictures and accompanying disorders would help. The women in my family who have this genetic flaw do not seem to have the heart disease element

    • that one girl

      So I have this in both my thumbs & toes & im very self conscious. A lot if people judge me & it’s not like I can do anything about it. I find it annoying when people talk crap about Megan foxes thumbs & call her ugly because of it. We’re born with these thumbs & there’s nothing we can do about it

      • Hi my condition started with myself . Shortness of fingers and toes with Bent fingers as well. I have 2 children both grown up now and 1 grandson, who are all affected. I thought that we were alone. I would like to here from anyone out there who suffers from this condition
        I am 54years old and female

        • Jennifer

          Hi my 13 year old son was born with shorter fingers on his left hand. Lately, he has been feeling self conscience about it. I know he doesn’t like when people ask him about it. I’m trying to help him the best I can.

    • Dennis Jennings

      I am a bractydactly male of 71 years. I am unsure of the exact type but have a mssing phalange in fingers and toes except for the thumb and big toe which have a forshortenedintermediate phalange. My arms and legs seem bo be in the short end range of “normal” i worked in the arctic an subarctic for 65 years as a land surveyor in conditions down to 60 below. i usually used only contact gloves for the delicate instrument work. in all of that time, i was never frost bitten on either my fingers or toes, a byoproduct of what i percieve as better circulation over a more limited range.

    • Michelle


      I wonder if you can help me?

      I was wondering if brachylactyly is hereditary but come out in different forms?
      The reason i’m asking is because my 2 year old son was born with deformed toes…. This week that have finally x-rayed his feet and have found out that his distal phalanx’s are missing on this foot. They have done blood tests to check for Distal Musculary Disorder.
      However, i was born with extra digits on both of my hands, pinky side (no bones, just nail and knuckle creases).
      I am hoping the two are related, a hereditary anomaly that has come out in a different form.
      Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Holly

      I am a 56 year old lady and I have bractydactly I think it’s type C. I have looked on the Internet prior and only found medical info. So happy to find this. I do not have the thumb or feet condition but am missing joints in my fingers and the ring finger is the longer finger. My mother told me “God made me special” and honestly I have never felt unhappy or too shame full about my hands. I was an actress in my youth and for TV and film I did fold my fingers in- just so they wouldn’t be an issue. But not when I did a play or in everyday life. I had genetic testing before my daughter was born and was told there was a 50/50 chance of passing it on to her. She didn’t get it. I was a tiny bit disappointed to not propagate the world with my funny fingers. Haha. Everyone has something Mom would also say. Ears that stick out. High forehead. Whatever. I like the hand that I was dealt because that’s me. My sister has it too but has all of her joints. When she was young she was hired to do a commercial and hold a doll. They loved her “little hands”.

    • Trish

      I have bractydactly type A4. I’m a 52 year old female. Other family members with the same deformity include my 95 year old father, his sister – who would be 97, she sadly died two years ago and my two sons aged 21 and 18. My uncle and sister didn’t inherit bractydactly. Professionally, my aunt was a hand painter of porcelain figurines, very fine work indeed (like Denis). I am a magazine designer, my older son is a plumber, my younger boy a rower and my father is the fastest typer I know. We use our hands well. Our deformity has never hindered us. As I understand people with bractydactly tend to be on the shorter side. This isn’t the case in my family, I am 5′ 7″ and my boys are both over 6′. I think we have all been bullied at some time, especially as children, which is awful because children can’t fathom such things. My dear grandmother was told to hide her hands. As I have got older, I can honestly say I wear my hands with pride and for the memory of my grandmother and aunt who struggled in public. I only discovered it’s true definition this weekend. I’m delighted to finally know. In fact the individuality pleases me. A mutation it may be, a problem it isn’t.

    • hemant M.Buradkar

      i m living in chandrapur in Maharashtra state in India. My 20 fingers of hands and feets suffer from bractydactly type D. My Mobile No.9766782674. With this type of finger very difficult to live normal life.

    • Jodi W

      I have bractydactly in all my fingers and toes as does my 21yr old son. I am adopted so don’t have any origins of it. I always felt self conscious of it as a child but once my baby was born with bractydactly doubt and fear about myself went out the window. My son never had issues at school, always self confident and self assured and ready to join the army 2 years ago. He lost his leg in a car accident 2 years ago.
      Life sucks

    • Genesis ( the girl with the clubbed middle finger)

      I’m 14, I have always been ashamed of my clubbed finger. I would always hid it so no one would see. I play guitar and practice wing Chun…which exposes my thumb, which is on my left hand. I’ve told my sister and her boyfriend, telling me that I should be proud that I’m different and that I should embrace that I’m unique. You know what, they’re right I should be proud!but I feel so naked if I expose it. As time goes on I will be proud that I’m different and that I’m not normal, because normal is boring. Oh and by the way I hope this gets posted because I have no idea how e- mail accounts worked, I have so many.

    • Genesis ( the girl with the clubbed middle finger)

      Sorry I have so many errors I meant finger when I said ” which exposes my thumb. Also I meant to say works, instead of worked. Thanks for your time(if you’ve read it) I appreciate this article, it had helped me.:)(I think the comment posted!!)

    • charron

      I am a 4th generation with Brachyductyly I have Type E so dose my son he also has the thumbs. 2 of my Aunts have type A one has the toes as well my grandfather has the whole hand and toes. I use to hide my hand but now I don’t.

    • Liz

      Him I’m a 54 year old female I have short fingers and toes and does my children and my only grand child. I thought we were alone. although we haven’t had many problems on the physical side it’s been a confidence thing and children as we all know can be cruel

    • patrick

      I am 14 living with type a1 and I finding it fine. I was only properly diagnosed a few years ago. I have slight trouble with writing for long amounts of time, but I am getting extra time in exams hopefully. My advise to all sufferers out there is to keep going. Keep strong. One day we will defeat this. One day the world will change. One day we can honestly use our fingers properly. And one day maybe, just one day, we can fully intergrate with real society

    • Wayne

      I am a 57 year old male. I have Brachyductyly Type D on both of my thumbs. Surprisingly both of my parents have this as well. People have made comments about them throughout my life, but nothing negative. My daughter has the same thumbs, but not my son. Grandsons do not as well. Hasn’t hampered me at all.

    • tammy m

      Hey just have a quick question.I have only one short finger and its on my left hand middle finger.Is this the same thing as you all have?I’ve never even seen a doctor about this before because its always been so normal for me living with it for 37 yrs.Like the other poster said my mom always told me I was born special to.So I never really questioned it.

    • Sherry

      My daughter is 22, her thumbs and great toes are effected. When she was a baby I mentioned it to my pediatrician, who then told me not to worry about it. She suffers no other deficits, she is a scholar and leads a productive life. She is the only person in our families that have this presentation.

      For all of those who have felt shame or unworthiness, I am sorry.

    • Susan Perry

      Hi, I am a 62 year old female and I just today found out that that my “funny thumbs” is an real condition and not just something I got from my mother. I seem to be the only one in my family that has this. After reading all the other stories I am so sorry that so many of you were teased or had such problems. Maybe this is why my handwriting has always been so awful but my mothers was beautiful. That is the only issue that I have ever had. I will be more aware with my grandchildren and other children in my family.

    • sayo

      Hy I have a3 ,nd also my toes nd feet are slightly smaller than normal”which maks some stare! fed up of it suckss!!

    • Irene Maresca

      I’m a 20 year old female with type D. I’ve always tried to hide my thumbs because I was very self conscious. I still occasionally hide them. I’m taking a genetics course in college and it got me thinking about my weird thumb! So I started researching and found out its hereditary. I didn’t understand this because neither of my parents have anything wrong with their fingers. No one else has it in my family either, it’s just me. Does anyone have any ideas on this?!

    • Still Subconscious

      Age: 50
      I am a 50 year old female and both of my thumbs are affected. It even may be all of my fingers. I have hid my hands them my whole life and I still do. People always make comments if they see them. It doesn’t effect my positive outlook in life but it is hard hiding your hands all the time. I wish there were more studies about this.

    • anne-marie syevens

      I have type D in both thumbs. No one in my immediate family from grandparents to my own children do not have this condition. I have always wondered about my stumpies? I have only met Two people, unrelated, both women with the same thumbs. The only problem I have is when trying to open cd or dvd boxes! Glad I am not unique!

    • still teased

      I am 58 years old and suffer from type D affecting both thumbs and was teased by all my 5 siblings as a child and even growing up. Friends would make fun too. I would fold my thumbs inside my fingers whenever in public. My children were not afflicted with this condition, but they teased me mercilessly when they were young, even now sometimes they do. I once worked in an office where my female colleagues would laugh about my thumbs and say I was great for thumb tacking, very cruel.
      I found out 5 years ago my niece also suffers the same with both thumbs, this didn’t show itself until she was around 10/12. I obtained a photo of my paternal grandfather some years ago and when I zoomed in, I found he suffered from the same condition. He died age 60 from heart disease so maybe it is related.
      My grandchildren are too young yet to determine if any of them have it but I will be waiting for it to turn up.

    • Annette Paige

      I am a mother, my 19 yr old son has brachadactyly class C. It is more common in boys in general. He has shorten and crooked fingers and toes that bend and fold toward his thumb. He has had corrective surgery on both hands but the bones where not present in his toes to repair.

    • Annette Paige

      To those with the toes and hand complications please keep moving. When attempting to correct(straighten) digits arthritis can set in. My son has shorted feet, hands and general height. All members of our family are 5’6 to 6’3 except for my oldest my son.There can be connective tissue disorders in connection to the bone diformaties. My son has Catel-Manse which is similar to Ether DanLos syndrome. He dislocatesknees, elbows etc. Compression garments help to support weak structure. Hope my little insight helps. Still learning and searching for ways to assist my son and others.

    • Kathleen Campbell

      Hi. I’m 43 with this condition in both my hands and feet. It presented itself in early adolescence. My parents sought medical advice but no name was ever given to the condition. I was always proud of my “potters thumbs” and missing knuckles because they made me unique. However, I was extremely self conscious of my stubby toes. Strangers would ask what happened to my toes. It wasn’t until recently that I finally had the courage to get pedicures and wear sandals. Does this condition mean wide feet and bunion risk?

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