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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Knuckle Pads

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What is the skin condition "knuckle pads"?

What is the skin condition "knuckle pads"?

Thickened skin: Tough, thick skin over knuckles. Well worth ignoring. Sometimes seen with Duputrens contractures. ...Read more

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Does cracking your knuckles cause arthitis?

Does cracking your knuckles cause arthitis?

No: I read a recent study which confirmed what we all suspected, there is no increased risk of developing hand arthritis with knuckle cracking. ...Read more

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What can cause cracking knuckles and toes over time?

What can cause cracking knuckles and toes over time?

To my knowledge No -: Cause has yet been established for it. It also does not result in any longterm ill effects. However having said that, if someone has it in joint, which has been ijnured in the past then it would be better to have that checked out by your orthopd with an xrays to see if there is a loose body or some other cause for it.
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Large knuckles (middle of fingers) most of my life. I had a habit bending and pushing my knuckles which caused this. Can they be fixed? Or too late?

Large knuckles (middle of fingers) most of my life. I had a habit bending and pushing my knuckles which caused this. Can they be fixed? Or too late?

Bouchard's nodes: Enlarged knuckles at the mid-finger are called bouchard's nodes and are a sign of wear-and-tear on the joints (osteoarthritis). Genetics is also thought to play a role. Unfortunately there is not yet a cosmetic fix for this. ...Read more

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Sometimes my fingers randomly turn black. I don't have any pain anywhere. It just randomly turns black. It's most noticable on the knuckles. What could cause this?

Sometimes my fingers randomly turn black. I don't have any pain anywhere. It just randomly turns black. It's most noticable on the knuckles. What could cause this?

Fingers turn black: A female of unknown age and location states her knuckles turn black randomly. Never heard of turning black. Suspect you mean dark blue or cyanotic. Called Raynaud's & often occurs when hands exposed 2 cold (ice water or reaching in frig). Common in young women esp if on BB. Classically 1st turns white 2nd vasospasm, then blue as blood stagnates & then bright red as vasospasm goes & flow increases ...Read more

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I have several arthritic knuckles that periodically cause distracting pain. Any home remedies? Stretches, etc.?

I have several arthritic knuckles that periodically cause distracting pain. Any home remedies? Stretches, etc.?

Arthritic knuckles: Try hand exercises by relaxing your hand. Start with your fingers straight and close together. Bend the end and middle joints of your fingers. Keep your wrist and knuckles straight. Moving slowly and smoothly, return your hand to the starting position. Repeat with your other hand. If you can, perform multiple repetitions of this exercise on each hand. Also try anti-inflammatory meds or splinting. ...Read more

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Dry knuckles with very small cuts with scaleyness plus red blotches. What causes this. Its never happened to me before?

Dry knuckles with very small cuts with scaleyness plus red blotches. What causes this. Its never happened to me before?

Excessive dry skin: This could simply be excessive dry skin. Moisturizer adequately and see if it improves. If it does not see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of severe knuckle pain at night?

What are possible causes of severe knuckle pain at night?

Arthritis: Pain in the joints is often from arthritis. Many patients complain of pain after a day of use, night pain, and morning stiffness. ...Read more

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What causes my daughters knuckles to swell when she washes her hands?

What causes my daughters knuckles to swell when she washes her hands?

Unsure: I would be concerned about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis if this has been going on for a while. I am not sure if the water is hot or cold which may help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have fluid I believe above my right knuckle its really soft and tender and I don't know why. What can be the cause its not that painful.

I have fluid I believe above my right knuckle its really soft and tender and I don't know why. What can be the cause its not that painful.

Possibly: Inflammation of the joint from arthritis or infection. Should get it checked out by your doctor. An xray may be helpful and ultrasound is often useful to look for fluid, small erosions suggesting arthritis, and increased blood flow to the joint as a result of inflammation. ...Read more

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Knuckles got some red swelling, she used candle wax to decrease swelling and it helps. Is it ok? What are the causes? Should it be a concern?

Knuckles got some red swelling, she used candle wax to decrease swelling and it helps. Is it ok? What are the causes? Should it be a concern?

Causes of swelling?: There are many possible causes of swelling, pain and/or redness of the knuckles. These include overuse, sprains, arthritis (wear & tear and rheumatoid are the most common), infection and injury. Candle wax may provide temporary relief by warming the joints, but, due to the high risk of burns, in my mind, it's not OK. If your arthritic joints are bothering you, by all means, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of the pain in the lower part of my pinky finger? More specifically, in the two lower knuckle when moved/bent/clenched etc.

What might be the cause of the pain in the lower part of my pinky finger? More specifically, in the two lower knuckle when moved/bent/clenched etc.

Joints: If it involves the joints, it may be a type of arthritis. Follow up with your MD for an examine, investigations and management. All the best. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic white knuckles?

White knuckles: The reasons for white knuckles are many. If the skin is thick or scaling it may appear white when the fingers are slightly flexed. If the knuckles are white when the fingers are straightened it maybe decreased blood in the area especially if the fingers are swollen. Anemia can also cause white knuckles when the fingers are bent. ...Read more

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Could cracking/pulling your knuckles every minute cause problems?

Could cracking/pulling your knuckles every minute cause problems?

Crack, Pop, Crunch..: Yeah. For everyone around you. It's annoying- and makes you look nervous or uncomfortable. It's like cracking your gum all the time. And yes, it can put chronic strain on the joint capsules and lead to laxity and maybe even some arthritis down the line. Every now and then, OK (like once or twice an hour; or just before a fight). Otherwise knock it off. Try tightly clenching your fists instead. ...Read more

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Can a broken knuckle also cause torn ligaments/tendons?

Can a broken knuckle also cause torn ligaments/tendons?

Yes: An injury can cause damage to the ligaments, tendons and bones at the time of trauma. ...Read more

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Help can cracking your knuckles cause damage to your joints?

Help can cracking your knuckles cause damage to your joints?

No: There is a study that followed people who cracked their knuckles daily for 20 years vs people who didn't crack their knuckles. Serial x-rays of their hands were done over that time period. There was no difference in the likelihood of seeing arthritis on X-Rays between the groups. Although knuckle cracking may annoy people I think it's fun.....and it will not cause arthritis!! ...Read more

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What is the cause of knuckles bruising and not being caused by injury?

What is the cause of knuckles bruising and not being caused by injury?

Arthritis: Arthritis is inflammation of a joint and this can cause the look of bruising at some times in the knuckle joints, etc. ...Read more

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What is the cause of knuckles bruising and not being caused by injury?

What is the cause of knuckles bruising and not being caused by injury?

Explanation: May be you taking any vascular medications, or may be just cold weather causes this. Temperatures changes more often reason of this rffect ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain in my hands & knuckles caused by osteoarthrits?

How can I relieve the pain in my hands & knuckles caused by osteoarthrits?

NSAIDS: Provided you are not allergic to Aspirin or Aspirin like drugs otc anti-inflammatories are probably your best best (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc). Some people swear by the "natural" remedies (glucosamine chondroitin, sharks cartilage etc) though there are no controlled scientific trials to substantiate their efficacy. Check with your pcp. ...Read more

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Dr. Linville answers...Follow up question: I also have cspine ddd. Will this also cause small bone bumps to form near knuckles?

Dr. Linville answers...Follow up question: I also have cspine ddd. Will this also cause small bone bumps to form near knuckles?

Bumps on knuckles: Heberden's nodes are genetic arthritic spurs on the distal finger joints, more common in women (look at mom, nana, or auntie's fingers). Bouchards nodes, affect the proximal knuckle (closest to the palm) and are less common. These are arthritic, but not specifically related to cervical ddd. ...Read more

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I'm 31 and am experiencing the sudden onset of pain in my two middle knuckles on both hands with no injury or trauma. What can cause this?

I'm 31 and am experiencing the sudden onset of pain in my two middle knuckles on both hands with no injury or trauma. What can cause this?

Are they swollen?: Or inflammed? If it is pain only, then it's arthralgia. If associated with swelling, warmth, redness, then it's indicative of inflammation. ...Read more

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What causes wrinkles on knuckles, hands and fingers?

What causes wrinkles on knuckles, hands and fingers?

Knuckle wrinkles: Wrinkles on the knuckles are natural and allow the motion for example when making a fist. As a rheumatologist, it is the loss or lack or wrinkles that may be a sign of disease. ...Read more

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Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles?

Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles?

No: Unless you use incredible force knuckle cracking has not been shown to lead to any problems including arthritis. ...Read more

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What may be the cause of sharp pain in the top knuckle of my index finger? It happens often when extending my finger

Several causes: There are several possible causes of your pain. If your finger gets caught in mid-flexion and then snaps, then you have a trigger finger. If the knuckle joint swells or aches, then it can be arthritis in the joint. If there has been any injury to the knuckle, then it could be a deep contusion to the joint or to the tendon which runs over the joint. I would take some advil (ibuprofen) or alleve and protect. ...Read more