What is it?

Dupuytren's contracture is a condition that occurs when the skin under your hand gradually becomes thick and tight. This causes the fingers to claw, or bend, as they are pulled towards the palm. It commonly affects the ring finger, followed by the little finger and then the middle finger. However, it can affect any finger.

Dupuytren's contracture can impact your daily activities as you may lose some mobility in your hands. While the cause is unknown, some research suggests the condition may be passed down through families. Other conditions, like epilepsy, alcoholism and diabetes, may also be linked.

Treatment options include steroid injections and surgery. Your GP can discuss treatments and next steps.