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My hands are growing and really big. Why is this?

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hello I am 16 years old, 5'5 1\2 but my hands are around 8 inches. When I measure hands with my friends that are 8 inches taller than me my hands are still bigger. My feet are size 10 so I guess that's above average for my height. I was around 12 when I noticed my hands were really big and my fingers are more noticeably long. Is it possible that I will grow into my hands?

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Hello, I understand your concern but there is no reason to be worried. Boys attain puberty between the ages 9-18 years. Every boy grows at a different time. Some grow taller than others, but some may not grow that much. Usually boys reach their peak of the growth about half a year after they develop pubic hair. Some grow dramatically taller. During puberty every body has to grow depends on the activity of growth hormone that is controlled by pituitary. If your hands and feet are growing even after puberty that is adulthood, then it is a matter of concern physiologically or medically. Certain medical conditions like Acromegaly, Marfan s syndrome and Eunuchs, there will be spurt of growth of hands, feet and to a certain extent face. In your case, you are just 16 years of old and there is another 2 years left to see whether any changes seen regarding your hand, feet and other parts of the body. I would suggest you to wait and watch and if after 2 years, you still have problems, you can consult your doctor. Thank you.


Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
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Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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