Can your knuckles get affected by Dupuytren’s disease?

Since there is not much information about the disease Dupuytren’s contracture, it’s not surprising that most people have no idea that your knuckles can also be affected. This article hopes to provide further insight and information on the condition and its effects. Hopefully, you will get a better understanding of Dupuytren’s disease on the knuckles.

What exactly is the condition of Knuckle Pads?

Some of Dupuytren’s disease patients may suffer from the condition named knuckle pads. This is due to firm areas being formed underneath the skin on the back of the finger joints. This can further lead to the overlying skin being wrinkled and thin. Due to this damage, it leads to the formation of lumps known as knuckle pads or even dorsal Dupuytren nodules. 


The skin hardens and thickens underneath the joint, which leads to the knuckle pads forming as calluses are also beginning to form. This is why knuckle pads are linked with the Dupuytrens disease. These pads can be red, painful, and tender, along with being callused irritated skin. It can affect a single finger or multiple fingers depending on the severity of your disease. This is also why knuckle pads are known as a form of fibromatosis along with Dupuytrens contracture.

Who does it affect?
  • It is a genetic condition and if your family suffers from it, then you may be prone to suffering from fibromatosis or sporadic occurrences. 
  • Doctors believe it may occur due to a response to trauma.
  • Research shows the possibility of it occurring due to repetitive pressure and habits such as finger sucking/chewing and playing certain sports or doing repetitive movements.
  • Being over age 30-40 may make you more likely to suffer from it.
How is it diagnosed? 

Visiting your doctor can help determine if you suffer from knuckle pads or another condition. Your doctor may use ultrasound to determine if you have knuckle pads or suffer from something else. A skin biopsy is another way to diagnose your condition.

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