Good morning and welcome back!
Today I wanted to update you on a condition I have had since I was in my mother’s womb. A hereditary condition called Brachymetatarsia.
What is Brachymetatarsia? According to Paleyinstitute.org, “Brachymetatarsia is a condition whereby one of the five metatarsal bones of the foot is abnormally short, resulting in a shortened toe…most commonly affects the fourth toe. If it affects more than one toe on the foot, it is termed brachymetapody.” Brachymetatarsia has a much higher prevalence in women than men, at a ratio of 25:1.
My Brachymetatarsia affected my 4th toe in my right foot(as shown below). I first noticed it when I was about 8 or 9 when I was playing barefooted and another kid pointed it out. I asked my family why I had it and they had no answers. The only people in my close, and extended, family to be affected by Brachymetatarsia are my little brother and I. I did not question it any further since no one had answers for me.
Fast forward to when I was 14. I visited my pediatrician and she recommended waiting until I was done growing to give the toe the opportunity to grow into a full size before making any changes.
Well, that was hard because having ugly toes was starting to affect my confidence and self esteem. I never wore open toe shoes, sandals and flip flops were not shoes I ever thought I’d ever own. Sneakers and shoes that hid my affected toes were what I limited myself to. When I went to the beach I would bury my feet in the sand to avoid detection. Never played footsies with anyone.
I had a little bit of confidence in college and accepted my foot for what it was and surprisingly, no one gave me shit for it. That helped a little but I’d only ever take out my toes around my close friends. I once had someone ask me why I had only four toes on my right because they could not see the affected toe since it was so short. I laughed it off. We were in a group but the group already knew my condition, she was new to it. I could be mad or anything. I simply just explained to her and she never brought it up.
I am grateful for her. Because in that moment it showed that people are curious and sometimes they just need a quick education on the situation. I would be honest in saying I haven’t come across anyone who made fun of me for my foot. But that may also be because I was hiding them lol.
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