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What causes broad thumbs in people?

What causes broad thumbs in people?

Various: It can come from various reasons including that in some people it is normal for them. ...Read more

Broad Thumbs (Definition)

Broad thumbs are thumbs that appear wide or abnormally large. They may be normal or can be seen in ...Read more


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I have a small cut on my thumb that has become slightly swollen & sore. Do I have to see a doctor or can I do a home remedy?

I have a small cut on my thumb that has become slightly swollen & sore. Do I have to see a doctor or can I do a home remedy?

Try elevating: You can apply some bactericidal ointment and keep it elevated above your heart. Apply a loose bandaid to protect it from incidental bumping. If it starts to spread further, go to doctor urgently. Mark the edge with a line so you know if its spreading. ...Read more

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Pain is felt under the base of my thumb, went to doctor, was given meloxicam and a shot on butt, no relief, is there a home remedy for this?

Pain is felt under the base of my thumb, went to doctor, was given meloxicam and a shot on butt, no relief, is there a home remedy for this?

Relax the grab: You might have done better to get that shot in your thumb vs butt. Typically if it has not improved, you may be aggravating this joint by grabbing the steering wheel too tightly, or something like that. Topical Rx that have anti inflammatory properties like voltaren (diclofenac) or pennsaid rubbed into the area several times a day will help. ...Read more

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Finger skin habbit I have been scraping my thumb skin for the past 10 years. I do unintentionally when I am depressed. My thumb looks really bad and I have to hide it in public. Any home remedy like vaseline that would work.

Finger skin habbit I have been scraping my thumb skin for the past 10 years. I do unintentionally when I am depressed. My thumb looks really bad and I have to hide it in public. Any home remedy like vaseline that would work.

Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, the scraping has possibly caused habit tic deformity. This is difficult to treat and improve. I would recommend you research who is a good dermatologist comfortable with treating nails in your area. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatment options for triphalangeal thumbs?

Are there any new treatment options for triphalangeal thumbs?

Recent publication: I'm not a hand surgeon but i see you've been waiting for awhile so i did a pubmed search and found a journal article from 2013 describing an alternative treatment: triphalangeal thumb with polydactyly: an alternative surgical method. Ozturk mb et al., . J hand microsurg. 2013 jun;5(1):20-3.I recommend you discuss this with your hand surgeon to see what your options are--not much published recently. ...Read more

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Golfer friend jammed thumb while playing golf, best treatment?

Golfer friend jammed thumb while playing golf, best treatment?

Thumb: This really depends on what the thumb looks like, if the skin is intact, was there contamination etc.. If there is marked swellig then please see someone. There are terminal arteries in the fingers and pressure on them can shut off blood supply resulting in possible gangrene.. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for arthritis of the joint at the base of the thumb?

What's the best treatment for arthritis of the joint at the base of the thumb?

Short Popp ensplint: Antiinflatory medication such as Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen will help along with a splint or brace. Look for a "cool comfort neoprene support" . Cortisone injection can help a bad flare but does not influence the long term outcome. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for avulsion fracture of the thumb?

What is the treatment for avulsion fracture of the thumb?

It depends: It really matters where the frature is, how large it is and whether or not it involves the articular margin. It can be treated by a splint, cast or even surgery. The specifics would come from a hand surgeon who could tell you the correct treatment. Go see a specialist. ...Read more

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