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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. Good Luck. ...Read more

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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