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Finger Digit Ratio
What are the signs of a broken digit (finger)? I was playing catch today and got hit awkwardly with the softball. Thumb bent back. Still hurts.
FINGER FRACTURE: Signs: SWELLING, BRUISING and DECREASED RANGE OF MOTION. If concern is warranted follow up and get X-rays. ...Read more
Sir its winters here and I find my fingers have red patches and swelled up. Digits of my feet is also developing mild redness and I feel mild pain.?
I believe you are: Probably experiencing the especially dry skin of winter to which your hands and fingers are very susceptible. Outside air humidity plunges and indoor heating makes it even drier. You're supposed to be washing your hands to avoid a cold...and there you are. Chapped! You need to improve your skin barrier. The way to do that is to replace moisture: look for emollients and humectants, 5-6 times a day! ...Read more
I have very faint black lines on my fingers multiple digits and a dark line on my toe nail both right and left?
Black lines: Time to go see your doctor to see what this is. ...Read more
I got my left ring finger caught Ina guys shorts at fight practice in the groove where it meets the hand and now I can't move the last digit.
Hand surgeon: If this difficulty persists consult a hand surgeon for diagnosis, advice and treatment. You may have sustained joint and ligament injury, and if so, you want to avoid permanent damage to that finger. ...Read more
Some medication to take for nerve damaage I hurt my finger at work done nerve damage and the last digit on my index finger will not move on its own......I would like to know what I can to to deal with the pain so I can work on moving my injuried finger to
Digit is the word doctors use to mean a finger or a toe. Each finger has several segments, each named a phalanx. The word for more than one phalanx is "phalanges". The joints between each phalanx is called an interphalangeal joint, and the fingers have two interphalangeal joints. The interphalangeal joint that is closer to the fingertip is called the distal interphalageal joint, or dip. The other interphalageal joint is called the proximal interphalageal joint, or pip. At the base of each finger are the knuckles, which doctors call the metacarpal phalangeal joints, or mcp.
It is uncommon for a neurological problem to affect just one dip joint. More commonly, after an injury, this joint becomes fused or a tendon develops a contracture. Examination by a neurologist, hand surgeon, or occupational therapist (the kind of therapists that specialist in the hands) can determine the source of the problem. Once the source is identified, treatments, which might include surgery, other interventions, or medications can be chosen. ...Read more
The ring finger digit on my right hand has a finger nail with a split down the center. It grows in split since birth. Healthy otherwise. Problem?
Nail abnormality: If you have this condition since birth, this is considered as a congenital defect in the nail bed or a rare double nail presenting in your finger. Some people are born with double nail formation in their small toes. The dermatologist may able able to tell you more. As much as I know, you may have to live with it, as I am not aware of any medical solution for cure. ...Read more
Right hand fingers and right foot 3rd, 4th and 5th digits are colder than the left. This occurs almost daily and at random times throughout the day.
Vasospasm: It appears that you're experiencing intermittent constriction of blood vessels in those digits. This can be due to cold exposure or spontaneous vasospasm. Raynauds phenomenon is a syndrome where coldness and color changes of the involved digits occur on exposure to cold. This phenomenon can be part of an autoimmune disorder. Consult a rheumatologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more
I am having extreme pain at the base joint of my left ring finger. No notable difference with other digits. Stabbing, burning, severe pain. Thoughts?
1. Could be infection is very painful and spreads quick in fingers - since it is ring finger could have started off as allergy to metals - pain will not be tolerable will require medical help
2. In holistic medicine sudden symptoms like these is a sign of acidic body causing oxidative stress. If this is the case use nac, lipoic acid, niacin, tryptophan and bromelain. Last 3 to relieve pain. ...Read more
No the ulnar styloid: Is not directly connected there but if the hand is very swollen froma fracture and the trigger finger was waiting for a reason to become more symptomatioc then the swelling in the hadn could be the tipping point. But a direct cause...Unlikley. Causlality is a tricky issue as we often attribute one problem to another temporally, but you might as well blame a trigger finger on a thunderstorm. ...Read more
Problem in stress, pain in left arm from axilla to fingers especially ring finger last finger and thumb, sharp shooting pain and numbness of digits?
Need examination: You should be examined by a neurologist in all likelihood and very possibly you may benefit from an EMG which is an electrical test. Also, an imaging study such as CT or MRI may be requested to look the neck region. Try and discover (and document) what makes the shooting pains better and what makes them worse to tell the doctor. They will appreciate that information. ...Read more
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Arm span to height: Ratio of greater than 1.05 as one of the skeletal criterion for Marfan's syndrome is the only defined ratio as far as I know. Arachnodactyly is more subjective ie when you see it you know it it lon g slender fingers are not uncommon. ...Read more
I scored 8 on the reverse digit span and 14/15 on the ravlt. Does this mean I don't have dementia/mci. I'm 21?
Dementia comes in: Many forms and you are 22 y.o. so dementia is unlikely. The scores you report are not nearly enough to determine such a diagnosis. Please visit your doc for starters and share w/him or her your concerns. The doc may refer you for further testing if needed. Fear of dementia is a very popular fear today. Peace and good health. ...Read more
On the delayed recall trial of the ravlt I scored 14/15. On the reverse digit span I scored 8. Does this mean I don't have mci?
2 tests not enough: MCI ("mild cognitive impairment") is an evolving term; usually neurologists, neuropsychologists, and psychiatrists use more than just two tests to clarify if a person's cognition were normal; they also take into account history and examination. Certainly the scores you report are reassuring and imply normal, healthy episodic memory and working memory. ...Read more
Why can I score high in the corsi block tapping test and digit span test but not do well on the name and address remembering tests?
Others do better: The problem obviously isn't your memory if plain memory tests are doing well. The name and address information can be processed more and related more to previous exposure to names and addresses. Other people who do poorly on the tests you mentioned can do better on the name and address. And hurt the curve! . ...Read more
Why can I score 10 on the digit span test and 6 on the corsi block test but score bad on the object remembering test on the Montreal cognitive assesme?
Depends: Why did you take the MOCA? This test is, or should be, used if you have symptoms of cognitive impairment only, and then only if other tests are negative and more information is required. Without that information, a decent interpretation cannot be made. It is only one tool, and it is useless by itself, it depends on the whole picture It also can depend on educational level to a degree as well. ...Read more
My 10 month old dtr appears to be unable to actively extend her 2nd digit at the DIP jt. I am able to passively extend it fully. There is no signs of trauma or injury. What could this be?
See pediatrician: Was there past trauma, bruising, swelling of the digit? An avulsion fracture with separation of the extensor digitorum from its insertion on the distal phalanx can happen from a blow to the tip of the finger such as from catching a ball. Please take your baby to the pediatrician for an evaluation and referral ASAP. I am assuming this is a new problem. ...Read more
Yes: Digit span, in which a person is asked to recall strings of numbers of increasing length, tests an aspect of short-term memory called "working memory", specifically "verbal working memory". The subject is given a string of numbers and asked to repeat them back in forward or reverse order. This part of cognition is important for a range of everyday tasks. ...Read more
I scored 10 in the digit span test and 6.5 on the corsi block tapping test. Does this mean I have a good memory?
More info needed: Memory testing is a complicated thing because there are many different types of memory to be assessed. How would do you do with declarative verbal memory, list learning tests, implicit visual memory (Ray Osterreith Figure copy and recall) and working memory. How does your short term recall hold up under conditions of distraction (eg., PASAT and Brown-Peterson Consonant Trigram Test? ...Read more
I scored an 8 on the reverse digit span test. And an 11 on the forward. Also top score on the memory impairment screen. Do I have mci? I'm 22
Depends: There are many types of MCI. One can have problems, lets say, with just visual spatial processing and visual memory exceeding 1.5 standard deviations below expectation and have intact verbal memory and frontal executive function. If you are saying that you can repeat a string of 11 numbers presented 1 second apart in a monotone voice you are doing much better than average (seven plus or minus 2) ...Read more
I scored 11 on the digit span task which is in the 99%th percentile but yet I'm not good at remembering names and new vocabulary? What gives?
Memory types: Digit span tests your working memory's capacity for number storage. Remembering names and new vocabulary are forms of long-term memory. These are two different forms of memory and localize to different regions of the brain. Http://www. Macmillanhighered. Com/Catalog/uploadedFiles/Content/Worth/Product/About/Look_Inside/Revlin, _Cognition_1e/Revlin1e_Chapter%205.pdf ...Read more
It is rare: Double jointed digits are rare and usually is a result of genetic disorders called hypermobility syndromes. It does not usually involved the digits only however. Ligaments are excessively flexible and create more motion that normal. It can lead to pain and early arthritis if chronically overused. ...Read more
Have had triple digit readings on blood pressure for over a year. The lowest it has been ever is 140/90. Taking meds. They don't seem to help.
Blood Pressure: Without more data such as the names of the medication you are on or have tried and their doses and the blood pressure numbers I would just have to say that if this was the best number you are getting it is time to try another approach. Perhaps a visit to a cardiologist or a second opinion is in order. ...Read more
I have metatarsal ft pain, 3rd digit to 5th. I haven't fallen/injured my ft. Where the pain is coming from? The pain2/10? I walk on the balls of my ft
Foreffot pain: The pain you are describing can also be located between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals, refrred to as a morton's neiuroma. Particular painful when you're on the ball of the foot or wearing tight shoes. It could also be due to a forefoot imbalance (forefoot varus) and could be developin g stress to those metatarsals, possibly even a stress fracture. See a foot specialist for an x-ray to rule out a fra. ...Read more
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