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Camptodactyly is a condition in which a finger will not straighten completely. The middle joint of the finger does not work normally. This is called a flexion contracture. Camptodactyly may happen in any of the fingers, but it happens most often in the pinky finger.
Camptodactyly is diagnosed by physical examination. Often, the doctor will order x-rays to look at the bones of the fingers.
Most children with camptodactyly don’t need surgery to fix the condition. The best treatment is therapy. Stretching, splinting and casting are the treatments most often used to straighten the finger.
Surgery is usually only done if your child cannot use his or her hands normally. Even with therapy and/or surgery, the finger may not completely improve and might get worse again over time.
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team at Children’s Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.