Finger Joint Pain and Inflammation
Finger pain can be caused by disease or injury affecting any of the structures in the finger, including the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, blood vessels, or connective tissues. Joint pain is a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis) that may occur in the joints of the finger bones. This can sometimes be accompanied by redness, swelling, or warmth of the joints. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) commonly affect joints of the fingers
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect any joint in your body, including those in your hands and fingers. You may have:
- Hand pain, finger pain, swelling, and stiffness
- Hand joints and finger joints that are warm and tender to the touch
- The same joints affected on both sides of your body (both wrists, for instance)
- Misshapen finger joints
- Carpal tunnel symptoms such as numbness and tingling of the hands
- Pain and stiffness that last for more than an hour when you wake up
Common Finger Complaints
Your fingers, hands, or wrists may burn, sting, or hurt, or feel tired, sore, stiff, numb, tingly, hot, or cold. Maybe you can’t move them as well as usual, or they are swollen. Perhaps your hands have turned a different color, such as red, pale, or blue. A lump or bump might have appeared on your wrist, palm, or fingers. Home treatment is often all that is needed to relieve your symptoms. Finger, hand, or wrist problems may be caused by an injury.
Causes of painful finger joints
Stiff, sore, and achy joints are most commonly caused by arthritis. While fingers are fragile and fracture easily, fingers are also highly adept at healing from injury. On-going finger pain is most often due to the immune system attacking a joint with damaged cartilage, causing chronic inflammation.
Other important causes of finger stiffness and loss of motion include old tendon injuries, sprains, and fractures that have healed incorrectly. These should always be considered among other possibilities for a stiff finger. If you are experiencing finger stiffness, ask your orthopedic hand specialist about your particular diagnosis and treatment options available to you.
Treatment of painful finger joints
Regular exercise is very important to make your hands and fingers more flexible. You also need to rest painful joints. It helps to use hand or finger splints to ease pressure if your RA flares up.
To exercise your hands and fingers, you can use a soft foam ball like a Nerf ball (not a hard tennis ball). Squeeze it and then relax your hand muscles.
Flexiqule’s unique formula can target finger joints with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving Ginger and Boswellia extracts, to keep all 28-finger joints flexible and strong.