Apert’s Syndrome
Apert’s Syndrome  

Let’s talk about our feet Extract of the International Congress of Podiatry of the
Americas , Santiago, Chile 2000

Author: Luis Tapia Lazo

As podiatrists we are daily faced with the problem of onychocryptosis , an ailment lasting throughout our working life. We also know that these alterations often show a more aggressive and persistent onychodactylar problem for the affected toe and affects therefore the hole foot.

Our specialization demands to be prepared to face severe onychodactylar injuries, as for instance FOOT’S SYNDACTYLIA IN APERT’S SYNDROME, that shows a retraction of the soft flesh, repeated paronychia, etc. This may be a new and very uncommon concept and rarely treated in our daily practice due to the apparent complexity of the bone’s malformation.

The often faced problems concerning the nails, being a permanently growing skin annex, alter indirectly certain correcting treatments and finish being only compensatory therapies. The systemic illnesses like high blood pressure, ungual psoriasis, asma, etc. contribute to alterations, not only of the nail’s structure but also of the hole toe.



Also known as
ACHROCEPHALUS: means a secondary
deformation of the skull in the premature closing of the coronal suture.
SYNDACTINDACTYLIA: Lack of toes, showing sometimes
growing traces of toes.
CAUSE: it is said to be a dominant autosomic transmission ( Genetic
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Skull-facial-dental alteration, hand and
foot syndactylia.
86% of success of the cases in the therapeutic goal , in order of priorities.
The secondary injuries appearing in the level of foot, syndactylia , like paronychia- generally recurrent- are treated as a total onychocectomy.
This produces a vicious circle of the problem, meaning a n onychodactylar residual in the observed case with the probable appearance of the injury in the adjoining tissues.


As a conclusion it is important to say that the human being is an integral being and therefore the different disciplines of the area finish by joining themselves. The alterations both in hands and feet at the same time, should be treated by a podiatrist This present exposition shows that everybody may obtain surprising results for the benefit of the patient, suffering such alterations, if good will and skill is shown , even without enough resources. Once more I insist on the necessity of a multidisciplinary work as the only way of success.
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