Boutonnière Deformity

Hand & Wrist Diseases & Conditions - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Boutonnière deformity is caused by an injury to the tendons which straighten the middle joint of a finger, and causes the finger to be unable to straighten. It is most often caused by a blow to the top side of a bent finger joint, but may also be caused by arthritis. In some cases the tendon can be severed by a cut to the top of the finger, which can look a bit like a buttonhole (or “boutonnière” in French)

Boutonnière deformity should be treated as soon as possible to help retain the finger’s full range of motion. Conservative treatment is often possible, but surgical treatment may be recommended if nonsurgical treatment is ineffective, the tendon is severed, or the deformity results from rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for boutonnière deformity and a wide variety of other hand and wrist conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

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