What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Contracture Orthosis Kit

What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Parkside Healthcare works hard to offer a great range of products to help people who suffer with various medical conditions. We can provide everything from physiotherapy equipment to diagnostics machines and furniture. There are lots of specialist products too, including a Contracture Orthosis Kit from AliMed.

Contracting fingers

Dupuytren’s contracture or disease is a condition where one or more fingers are forced to curl into the palm. This happens because the skin on the palm at the base of the fingers becomes much thicker, developing into a lump or band that causes the contraction.

Sadly the exact cause of the disease is not known. It can run in some families so there is a risk that it is hereditary. Surprisingly, it is most common in families from Northern Europe and Scandinavia. It is also more common in men and usually starts to affect people in middle age.

There is a belief that people have a higher risk of suffering from the disease if they smoke heavily or consume alcohol excessively. It could also happen because of nutritional deficiencies or as a symptom of diabetes. People who take seizure medicine may experience it too.

Not dangerous

While Dupuytren’s is not dangerous, it is a disease that can have a big impact on quality of life. The contracture can make it difficult for people to grip things. It can limit flexibility and how well the hand works. In some cases it can also result in soreness and even skin loss.

One of the biggest issues with the disease is it can make it difficult for people to practice good hygiene. They may be unable to easily prise their fingers open so they can wash their hands.

Using a Contracture Orthosis Kit

One thing people with Dupuytren’s can try is using a Contracture Orthosis Kit. The carrots allow people to gently open their hands so it is easier to clean them. This can result in better hygiene. It can also make it easier to place splints if they need to.

At Parkside Healthcare we have two sizes of the carrots; the standard size and a larger one for people with bigger hands. These can be very useful physiotherapy products and make it easier to manage the condition. You can find out more about them on our website and order online if you choose to purchase. In addition, you can speak to us if you have any questions.

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