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Old 07-26-2010, 01:04 PM
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Thanks for your post. The condition you have has been described and most likely is "idiopathic bilateral brachymetacarpia". In layman's "speak" --your metacarpal bones are shorter than normal. While short bones can be lengthened, either by distaction osteogenesis, or by insertion of bone graft, this is not without potential complication, particularly in the hand where the lengths of the nerves and tendons are fixed.
Because you have "normal" function and no pain, I would not recommend any treatment. Though the appearance of your hands may inspire others to behave rudely, visa vis their comments, you keep doing what you've done for 64 years---ignore the comments and be well!
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