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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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I am so annoyed! My index finger above the top joint only, is swollen and firm! A bit red. I don't remember injuring it at all. Could it be serious?

I am so annoyed! My index finger above the top joint only, is swollen and firm! A bit red. I don't remember injuring it at all. Could it be serious?

Possibly: There are numerous causes of isolated non-traumatic joint swelling in the finger. Proper diagnosis of the cause (s) depending on examine your diet (gout), risk factors (history of IV drug usage with endocarditis and splinter hemorrhage, co-morbid medical conditions including diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, infections), and presence of autoimmune rheumatologic conditions. ...Read more

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My index finger is swollen and not bending (blocked) from a tip through 1st and 2nd joint but the 3rd joint is fine. It's not painful. No trauma to it?

My index finger is swollen and not bending (blocked) from a tip through 1st and 2nd joint but the 3rd joint is fine. It's not painful. No trauma to it?

Trigger finger: Could be that you are suffering from the condition of trigger finger and in that case a simple inyection of steroid into the tendon sheath should take care of the problem. Some times surgery may be the answer. ...Read more

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I am a 16 year old male and I tore a capsule in my left index finger about three and a half months ago. My finger is still swollen at the middle joint?

I am a 16 year old male and I tore a capsule in my left index finger about three and a half months ago. My finger is still swollen at the middle joint?

Unsure of injurty: I am not sure what a capsule is but if you have any swelling around a joint for that long that does not get better it needs to be seen by a doctor as it might be a broken bone- especially if it happened after an injury ...Read more

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Playing basketball and index finger joint has been swollen for a week with pain.?

Playing basketball and index finger joint has been swollen for a week with pain.?

Index finger: You have dislocated the finger or broken it. An xray is a great start. Till then buddy tape the finger ...Read more

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I cut my finger, left index finger medially at the ip joint and it is sore swollen and stiff after a month. Is my joint infected?

I cut my finger, left index finger medially at the ip joint and it is sore swollen and stiff after a month. Is my joint infected?

Not likely: It would be unusual for a joint infection to present one month later. Lacerations to the fingers can be stiff, sore and swollen for months. Keep your finger moving and try scar desensitisation massage by massaging the area with hand cream three or four times a day. ...Read more

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My right hand thumb middle part above top joint is swollen just like the index finger (same part of finger) before few months, what should I do?

My right hand thumb middle part above top joint is swollen just like the index finger (same part of finger) before few months, what should I do?

Agree: Sounds like tendon swelling above the joint.Differential diagnosis trauma, dactylitis swelling of tendon which can occur with sarcoid or psoriasis.Infection or even a foreign object like a plant thorn can also cause pain. Now that this has been going on for a while I would check it out. So that you can be "all thumbs". ...Read more

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My right index finger is swollen and painful at the joint closest to the palm. I had cut  that area about a month prior but it healed. Other hand ok.

My right index finger is swollen and painful at the joint closest to the palm. I had cut  that area about a month prior but it healed. Other hand ok.

Go see doc: It sounds like you have an infection and need to be on antibiotics. They can evaluate and see if this is correct or if there is something else wrong. You don't want to wait for this to get worse. ...Read more

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My index finger is swollen and won't fully extend or close when I make a fist. I also have a painful lump in my palm below the joint.?

My index finger is swollen and won't fully extend or close when I make a fist. I also have a painful lump in my palm below the joint.?

Trigger finger: It sounds like you have a trigger finger. The tendon that flexes your index finger travels through tunnels or pulleys that keep the tendon close to the bone. Inflammation or masses on the tendon can get caught in the tunnel system preventing movement, causing more inflammation and discomfort. Anti inflammatory medication may help but you should see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a swollen, red, itchy raised area between my knuckle and lower joint of index finger. It is warm and swelling is same after 1 day. What is it?

I have a swollen, red, itchy raised area between my knuckle and lower joint of index finger. It is warm and swelling is same after 1 day. What is it?

Sounds like: Your finger may be getting infected. But it could also just be a reaction to some bug bites or contact dermatitis. You may try taking Motrin and anti- histamine to see if this improves your finger. You can also apply neosporin antibiotic ointment if you are developing localized infection. Otherwise, you need to see your doctor about it especially if with fever, in pain, feeling numb or worst. ...Read more

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Regarding my middle finger, swollen at the top joint, has become this way over a period of 9 yrs after slight injury, cd anything be done to fix?

Regarding my middle finger, swollen at the top joint, has become this way over a period of 9 yrs after slight injury, cd anything be done to fix?

Hand specialist: After nine years of swelling and scarring, I don't know if there is much a hand specialist could offer, but if it is bothering you make an appointment with a hand surgeon to explore the options. ...Read more

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Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Watch digit use: You can just watch. Generally if an infant guards or refuses to use the injured part further evaluation is definitely warranted. 1 concern would be if there is an injury to the growth plate. Kids are very resiliant and learn to adapt. I would watch overall use. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up with swollen fingers sometimes? I don't think it's a joint problem.

Why do I wake up with swollen fingers sometimes? I don't think it's a joint problem.

Swollen: Some possibilities are oedema from kidneys or electrolyte imbalance, cardiovascular, rheumatoid illnesses, medications, or fibromyalgia. Consult pcp for workup. ...Read more

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My fingers are swollen and blisters forming around the joint, what could cause this?

My fingers are swollen and blisters forming around the joint, what could cause this?

Many: Please see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment because there could be many causes for this. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Finger Swelling (Definition)

Finger swelling can occur in many medical conditions. It can be objectively measured by water displacement measuring in some cases. It can be a sign of systemic disease, such as heart failure, or renal failure. It most often is a ...Read more