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Can we replace our our toes with our fingers and vice versa?

Toes can replace your fingers – Since fingers and toes are both digits, they should be interchangeable, right? Well, in toe-to-hand surgery, toes can be used to replace missing fingers. The method was first used on humans in 1975 and is now widely used. Not every finger can be replaced, but often the big toe can be used for a missing thumb. They do this in a procedure called a toe-to-thumb transfer in which they replace injured or severed thumbs with big toes. While it sounds a bit weird, it’s a life-changing operation that can significantly improve people’s quality of life.

In fact, it is said that the Egyptians knew how to replace toes with fingers – Toe prosthetics could date back as far as 3,000 years. Explorers found a mummy in Egypt with a leather and wood contraption that is believed to be a prosthetic toe. The “Cairo Toe” dates back to between 1069 BC and 664 BC and predates the earliest known prosthetic by at least 700 years.

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