Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you have mild Dupuytren's contracture, you may want to:
- Stretch your fingers. Gently bend your fingers backward from your palm. One way to do this is to place your fingers on the edge of a table, palm down, and then lift the palm upward gradually as you keep your fingers flat on the table.
- Use massage and heat. Before stretching, warm up your hands with a microwavable heat pack and then massage your palms with lanolin cream.
- Protect your hands. Avoid a tight grip on tools by building up the handles with pipe insulation or cushion tape. Use gloves with heavy padding during heavy grasping tasks.
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