Clinodactyly | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is clinodactyly diagnosed?

Clinodactyly is diagnosed by your child’s doctor after a thorough medical history and careful physical examination. X-rays are also used to confirm the diagnosis.

How is clinodactyly treated?

Mild finger curvature rarely causes pain or functional problems. For these reasons, surgery is not typically recommended for children with mild curvature and no functional problems. Because abnormalities in the growth plate often contribute to clinodactyly, it is important for affected children to be monitored throughout growth and checked for progressive changes. If your child's finger curvature increases rapidly, or if it progresses to the point where it interferes with her hand function, your child's doctor may recommend surgery.

Surgical procedures typically involve making a cut in the bone, correcting the deformity and stabilizing the finger until the bone and soft tissue are healed. While surgery is usually successful in correcting the curvature, there is a risk for recurrence and need for future surgery.