What does a crooked little finger mean?

What does a crooked little finger mean?

What is clinodactyly? Clinodactyly means that your child has a finger that curves to one side. It usually affects the little (pinky) finger but can affect other fingers as well. It is typically caused by abnormal growth and development of the small bones of the finger.

What causes crooked pinky fingers?

What causes it? Clinodactyly is a congenital condition. That means a child’s born with it, as opposed to developing it later on. The unusual shape may be caused by the growth of an abnormally shaped finger bone or by a problem with a growth plate in one of the finger’s bones.

Does Clinodactyly mean Down syndrome?

Clinodactyly is the medical term for an abnormally bent or curved finger. The affected finger abnormally curves to the side and may overlap other fingers. While the condition is relatively rare among the general population (3 percent), it affects one in four children born with Down syndrome (trisomy 21).

Can crooked fingers be straightened?

If you have severe joint deformity — painful, crooked fingers and toes — surgery may be an option. It won’t cure your RA, but it can improve the deformity, ease pain, and help your joints work better. Some common types of surgery include: Synovectomy — removal of the lining of the joint, called the synovium.

Are pinkies supposed to be crooked?

Little fingers range from perfectly straight to bending inwards at a sharp angle. It is not clear whether fingers fall into two discrete categories or there is a continuous range of pinky angle. Hersh et al.

Are crooked pinkies genetic?

Genetics. Clinodactyly is an autosomal dominant trait that has variable expressiveness and incomplete penetrance. Clinodactyly can be passed through inheritance and presents as either an isolated anomaly or a component manifestation of a genetic syndrome.

Is clinodactyly treatable?

Overall, the outlook for a child with clinodactyly is good. With proper treatment, the finger can be straightened and range of mobility can be restored. If your child has clinodactyly, talk with their doctor about your options and whether surgery is appropriate at this time.

How do you treat a pinky finger?


  1. Rest. Avoid activities that require repetitive gripping, repeated grasping or the prolonged use of vibrating hand-held machinery until your symptoms improve.
  2. A splint. Your doctor may have you wear a splint at night to keep the affected finger in an extended position for up to six weeks.
  3. Stretching exercises.

How can I fix crooked fingers at home?

Finger Stretch Try this stretch to help with pain relief and to improve the range of motion in your hands: Place your hand palm-down on a table or other flat surface. Gently straighten your fingers as flat as you can against the surface without forcing your joints. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and then release.