Dupuytren's fracture refers to a fracture of the base of the fifth metacarpal bone, which is the bone that connects the little finger to the wrist. This type of fracture is also known as a boxer's fracture because it is a common injury among boxers who hit an object with a closed fist.
The fracture occurs when a forceful impact is directed towards the closed fist, causing the bone to break. Symptoms of a Dupuytren's fracture may include:
A healthcare professional can diagnose a Dupuytren's fracture through a physical exam and imaging tests such as X-rays.
Treatment for a Dupuytren's fracture may include: