John Elway has been open about his struggle with Dupuytren’s disease, a condition that causes the tissue beneath the skin in the palm to thicken and ultimately form into a rope-like cord. This cord can cause the fingers to bend inwards towards the palm, making it difficult to fully straighten them.
The former NFL quarterback has undergone surgery to treat the condition, which is rare but not life-threatening. While the exact cause of Dupuytren’s disease is not known, it is believed to be influenced by genetic factors, as well as environmental and lifestyle factors.
Symptoms of Dupuytren’s disease typically develop gradually and can include a thickened area of skin on the palm, small, tender lumps or pits in the palm, and difficulty extending the fingers. Treatment options range from non-surgical techniques such as steroid injections and physical therapy, to surgical procedures to remove the affected tissue and straighten the fingers.
– Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet
– If you have a family history of Dupuytren’s disease, be aware of potential symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary
– Quit smoking, as it has been linked to an increased risk of developing Dupuytren’s disease
– If you experience any symptoms of Dupuytren’s disease, consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment
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