Patients are usually over 45 years of age and men are far more commonly affected than women.
It is largely an inherited condition, running in families. It is also more common in diabetics and causes thickening under the skin of the palm and fingers. Often the fingers often get more and more curled over. This can be awkward and affect hand function. In patients with strong family history it can also affect the feet and toes. We recommend an early assessment to plan any need for surgery.
Careful assessment with the surgeon is necessary.
Non surgical treatment
Splints and stretching exercises are useful in early stages. They are also used in post surgical rehabilitation.
If the fingers have become crooked / curled then surgery is recommended to remove the thickened tissue and straighten the fingers. This is usually undertaken as a day case procedure under a general anaesthetic. Specialist after-care is important in order to obtain the best results from surgery.
The content contained within this website is not produced by BMI Healthcare Limited (BMI) and BMI shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies. BMI also does not guarantee the website timeliness, completeness or performance.