Swollen fingers can develop for a variety of reasons, including a medical condition such as arthritis, an injury such as a broken bone, or even a hot day. It’s the body’s natural healing response to extra fluid and blood in the fingers and can cause you to feel uncomfortable and/or unable to completely move your fingers. While it can sometimes be painful, swollen fingers are common and can be treated right at home.
Try these methods for reducing swelling in your fingers:
Raising children is rewarding. It is also a lot of work. Parents and caretakers don’t always pay attention to how they are using their hands or arms for everyday tasks involved in childcare. The focus of attention is most often on taking care of the child’s needs, not the proper way to lift or position their body. Repeating tasks in poor positions will result in overuse injuries. If you are a caretaker for a young child and are experiencing hand discomfort, here are some signs of overuse and what to do about it!
A boxer’s fracture is another name for a broken hand, specifically when you break a bone in the small (or “pinky”) finger. Where does the term “boxer” come from? Boxer’s fractures get their name from one of the most common causes, which is punching something.
Sometimes, if you punch something with a clenched fist, the force applied to the fifth metacarpal bone is enough to break it. Here are 4 signs that you may have a boxer’s fracture:
Stiff hands can interfere with quality of life, whether it creates just a mild annoyance or a severe limitation. Treatment depends on the cause; stiffness can originate with injury, arthritis, tendonitis, or a variety of other causes. A hand surgeon can help determine the underlying problem and implement an appropriate treatment plan that may involve home exercises, hand therapy, injections, and in some cases, surgery.
Sometimes we can do a great job taking care of ourselves during the day, but our sleep positions can undo all our hard work. Many of the problems that hand therapists treat, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, arthritis, or even tendonitis can be exacerbated by pressure while we are sleeping. This pressure can worsen symptoms like swelling, numbness, tingling, and pain.
How does this happen?
Sometimes the positions in which we sleep place our spine, joints, and soft tissues under compression, tension, or both. Our nerves are especially sensitive to this. For example, when we sleep in a “fetal position,” the nerves in our wrists and elbows can be compressed at the point where our arms and wrists bend. They can also be put under tension which can cause irritation and aggravate symptoms like numbness, tingling, and/or pain. Another example is when a pillow causes the neck to be bent in a position that can compress the nerves that travel from the spine into the arms and hands.
Cancer can develop in all different parts of the body, most commonly in the skin. Skin cancer is a change in your skin cells during which they grow abnormally and form a malignant tumor. Can skin cancer develop on the hands? The answer is yes.
Skin cancer of the hand can be caused by chronic sun exposure, immune suppression, exposure to chemicals or even genetic conditions. The three most common types of skin cancer in the hand include:
What is arthritis?
Can it affect the hand and wrist just the same as other joints such as the hip
Arthritis is a term that is used to describe pain and
stiffness in a joint. A joint is a location in the body where two bones
articulate, or move. Typically these joints have cartilage, a type of material
in the body that is smooth and helps the joint to move without pain or
Arthritis involves a process where the cartilage is no
longer smooth and begins to “break down”. This can result in pain, swelling, and loss of
motion in many joints in the body including the fingers, hand, and wrist.
Hand arthritis can have a huge impact on performance of
daily tasks. Activities like brushing
your teeth or opening a jar can be painful and challenging. If you have pain and limitations due to hand
arthritis, there are many products available to help improve hand function.
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