Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s Contracture is a condition where the fingers curl in towards the palm of the hand and cannot be straightened, giving the hands a claw-like appearance. It is caused by the thickening and shortening of tissues under the skin of the palm. It is more common in men, affecting mainly the ring and little fingers and it can worsen over time. The skin over the tendons leading to the fingers feels thickened and nodular.

The cause of the tissue thickening is not known, although it was thought to be associated with hard manual labour, excess alcohol and diabetes. Some naturopaths believe the condition may be caused by the oxidising of blood fats by free radicals which caused an over-reaction in the tissues. If the condition becomes severe, it may need surgery to release the tendons.

It is thought that anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E at 200iu to 600iu daily may help.

Diet and Lifestyle Factors


Make sure that your diet contains plenty of sources of anti-oxidants to help prevent oxidation of blood fats.

Restrict your intake of red meets.

Take regular cardio-vascular exercise to improve circulation.

Make sure that you maintain an ideal weight for your height and build.

Do not smoke.

Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily.

Eat oil fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, sardines and herrings at least 3 times a week.

Eliminate trans-fats and hydrogenated fats found in processed foods, from your diet.

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