The condition most often affects the ring and pinky fingers.
Over time, Dupuytren's contracture can cause one or more fingers to stay bent toward the palm. This can complicate everyday activities, such as placing hands in pockets or shaking hands.
Treatment, if needed, includes using a needle to break the tissue that's keeping the finger bent, enzyme injections to soften the tissue, and surgery.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Lab tests or imaging not required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong