Camptodactyly is a deformity of one or more fingers. It is more common to see in the little finger. There is no known cause; however it may be associated with other anomalies or rare syndromes. Camptodactyly may be present when a child is born (more common with boys) or developed later (more common in teen age girls).
The finger with the condition is bent and cannot by fully straightened. It often does not cause pain. It may impact hand function.
Your child may have:
- tight skin
- shortened tendons and ligaments
- abnormal muscles
- irregularly shaped bones
Your child’s doctor will probably recommend occupational therapy if your child’s condition is mild.
If your child’s finger-curvature increases rapidly, or it interferes with hand function, your child’s doctor may recommend surgery.
An occupational therapist (OT) will measure the range of motion of the affected fingers. The OT will also observe and assess your child’s hand function during play, feeding, self care, handwriting, etc. Following evaluation, the OT will discuss results and talk with you about treatment.
Common rehab treatment interventions:
Treatment may include stretching and splinting to affected fingers. The OT provides activities and exercises to work with your child at home to improve function.