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Children are sometimes born with conditions like webbing on their hands. As they grow up, they might injure their hands and arms. At The Hand Center in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, the expert medical team provides specialized pediatric hand condition services for all your child’s needs. Find out more by calling The Hand Center office nearest you today or booking an appointment online.
Pediatric hand conditions are the diseases and injuries that affect the hands of children and teens.
Some pediatric hand conditions are present at birth (congenital). Others develop later. Many of the most common pediatric hand conditions are injuries like fractures, sprains, and strains. All pediatric hand conditions can affect how your child’s hand looks and works.
The hand and upper extremity experts at The Hand Center have specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating all pediatric hand conditions.
Pediatric hand injuries can involve fractured finger, hand, wrist, or arm bones, or damage to the nerves, tendons, or ligaments. One of the key issues with these types of injuries is making sure that they heal correctly, which presents particular challenges in children and teenagers.
Children often don’t fully develop until their late teens or even 20s. That means their bones are still growing, and that growth depends on the health of the growth plates at the ends of their bones. Any damage to the growth plates can affect how well the bone grows It can even completely stop its growth.
One of the more common pediatric hand conditions is syndactyly. Syndactyly is a connection of skin or webbing between two or more fingers or toes. In rare cases of syndactyly, the bones can fuse. The webbing most often affects the second and third toes, indicating an inherited form of syndactyly.
Less common is syndactyly appearing alongside other birth defects of the skull, face, and bones. In these cases, the webbing most often goes up to the first joint of the affected finger or toe. Sometimes the webbing runs the entire length of the finger or toe.
If there are extra fingers or toes as well as webbing, it’s known as polysyndactyly. Symbrachydactyly is a rare form in which the child’s fingers are unusually short and can be conjoined as well as webbed.
Other pediatric hand conditions your child might have include:
At The Hand Center, the team has exceptional skills in treating pediatric hand conditions. With their help, your child has the best chance of growing up with the normal use of their hands. Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.