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Clinodactyly is when a finger or toe curves toward the finger or toe next to it, not up or down. Clinodactyly can happen in any finger or toe, but the most common type is when the small finger curves toward the ring finger. Clinodactyly may get worse with age.
There may be a growth plate on one side of the bone that causes the bone to grow longer on one side than the other. The bone doesn’t grow in the normal shape of a rectangle, but rather more like a triangle.
Clinodactyly is diagnosed by examination. Often, the doctor will order x-rays to look at the bones of the fingers/toes.
Most children with clinodactyly don’t need surgery to fix the condition. Surgery is usually only done if your child can’t use their hands normally.
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.