A contracture is a thickening of the fascia, the tissue below the skin of your palm. This thickening can result in the fingers being pulled toward the palm, unable to be straightened. The condition is not usually painful, but it impairs the function of the affected hand.
Dupuytren's contracture is considered to be an inherited condition of unknown cause.
Advanced cases of Dupuytren's contracture may require surgical correction to restore movement. This is done by removing the thickened bands from the fascia. Surgical repair is usually followed by rehabilitative therapy to restore the hands flexibility.