The Future of Prosthetics??

A National Public Radio (NPR) story has brought attention to 3-D printing and the world of prosthetics.  http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/18/191279201/3-d-printer-brings-dexterity-to-children-with-no-fingers Prosthetic limbs are tricky for any age patient and especially for children.  First, prosthetics are expensive and the growing child needs new prosthetics on a regular basis due to growth.  Second, prosthetics can be a challenge to […]

Traumatic Madelungs Deformity

Madelungs is a deformity of the wrist related to abnormal growth.  It is typically an inherited condition but may appear without any family members being affected.  I just realized that I have not posted on this condition and will blog more on the topic soon.  Today I want to write about one variety of Madelungs– […]

Camptodactyly, Unusual Cause

Camptodactyly is a flexion deformity of the finger, typically the small finger, and is typically caused by an imbalance between the flexors and extensors of the PIP joint.  There have been a number of specific causes identified including abnormal muscle insertion, a tight flexor digitorum superficialis tendon, and weak extensor tendons.  Most patients with camptodactyly […]

Clinodactyly Minimally Invasive Treatment

Clinodactyly is defined as a deviation of a finger.  Most commonly, it involves the 5th finger curved towards the ring finger but can also involve the thumb or any other finger.  We have reviewed clinodactyly previously https://congenitalhand.wustl.edu/2013/01/clinodactyly.html In an established clinodactyly in an older child, treatment is based on functional limitations.  Therapy has never been proven […]