Commonly affecting the fourth finger (although it can involve one or more fingers and sometimes the thumb) which gradually, over time as you can see, becomes bent and pulled towards the palm.
This is caused by a thickening of the connective tissue (Collagen) in the palm, causing hard nodules to form - a condition known as Fibromatosis.
Dupuytren’s can effect both sexes but is more common in men.
There are various speculations about its causation, there is a strong genetic link as the condition is more common in those form Northern European or Scandinavian descent, it is for this reason that it is referred to as the Viking disease.There is also speculation of a link to thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s disease.
In my case it has not been caused by my years in reflexology, but through my genetic ancestry, interestingly I also have Hashimoto’s.
My Dupuytren’s began to develop many years ago, but recently became worse affecting my work which necessitated surgery.
This brings me to the point of my blog
I often receive calls of consternation from reflexologists who have either found these lumps (which are sometimes small) on the feet of patients, or on their own feet. Their concern is that the lumps which may be located over certain reflex areas are harbinger's of doom!
A foot reader once told a student of mine that the lumps in her feet (Ledderhose disease) meant that she has had and was having a rocky journey through life. Being told this myth she found to be rather upsetting!
I had a great surgeon who made a wonderful job of releasing my finger joints without leaving scars or inflexibility. So back to work it is!