|Small finger clinodactyly with bending of the small finger towards the ring finger|
|Unusual clinodactyly of the index finger.|
|Clinodactyly xray with abnormal growth plate of middle phalanx, a "bracketed epiphysis." This leads to abnormal growth and worsening of the abnormality with time.|
It is more common that clinodactyly becomes noticed or problematic in older children, past the age where this simple procedure is effective. In those children, the bone can be cut and realigned (an osteotomy) with good results. There are a number of different techniques with all providing similar good outcomes. One issue after this surgery is stiffness affecting the last joint in the finger (the DIP joint). This improves over time. We reviewed these two basic procedures in the following article:
Here are a few clinical photographs of patients before and after surgery. Patients and families are typically quite happy with the results of surgery.
|Clinodactyly after correction on the left hand small finger and before correction on the right.|
|A different patient with clinodactyly correction on the one pinky but not yet on the other.|