By Varun Gujral
November 26, 2014

We all know the catchphrase “Two steps forward, one step back”. Well, in Wang Fang’s case it’s the total opposite...”Two steps backward, one step forward. Wang Fang, a 30 year old waitress from Chongqing, China, was born with a rare condition that caused her feet to develop backwards. Interestingly enough, she claims that she walks normally and even runs faster than many of her friends (who were born with normal feet). It’s unclear what the disease is, but it appears she is not letting it slow her down.

What is known, however, is that her condition is the cause of abnormal development prior to birth. Our extremities (arms/hands and legs/feet) begin to develop soon after the 8th or 9th week of fetal development. During this time in development many things--though rare--can go wrong. The most common causes of abnormal limb formation are congenital (we are born with it), metabolic (something in our body doesn’t work properly), and idiopathic (unknown cause). How is something like this treated? Patients would have to be cast for special shoes and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care of Monroe and Edison, NJ are just the people to call. We will exam your feet and prescribe the right orthotics to make the perfect-fitting shoe for whatever the case may be.

Although Wang Fang was born with both of her feet facing the opposite direction it hasn’t affected her life at all. She works as a waitress, walks normally, and runs faster than her friends. Life is about making the best of the situations we see troublesome, and that’s exactly what she’s doing...living life to the fullest.

 By Varun Gujral