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I have swollen interphalangeal joint in my finger! Help please?

I have swollen interphalangeal joint in my finger! Help please?

Any more symptoms??: Is it painful, red looking, tender?
Any injury? Any limitation of motion? Any other joints (same hand or the other side or any other joints, like wrist/elbow, ankle, feet or knees?
Any hx of gout (personal or in the family?)
you need to see your pcp and possibly a referral to an orthopod or a hand surgeon?
Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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What to do if extensor mechanism in right index finger is severed at pip joint?

What to do if extensor mechanism in right index finger is severed at pip joint?

Repair: If injury to the central slip or triangular ligaments, connection between lateral bands and central slip, are not repaired will result in boutonniere deformity and disfunction of the finger. ...Read more

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Skin creases on finger (lower side&back)seem stretched/more evident, after 1month coban wrap (pip joint), while normal movement&stretching. What can I do?

Skin creases on finger (lower side&back)seem stretched/more evident, after 1month coban wrap (pip joint), while normal movement&stretching. What can I do?

The pip joint: Creases on top of the finger can go "missing" for a time if the joint is swollen and stiff. The skin there is very flexible and if the jointis bent a little or the joint is full the creases look different. The creases don't really strethc they just look different until time passesif and when / after the mechanics normalize. ...Read more

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Stabbed finger w/ knife on 12/25 at top of proximal phalanx just below pip joint. Cut healed fine but now have limited motion and hurts some??

Stabbed finger w/ knife on 12/25 at top of proximal phalanx just below pip joint. Cut healed fine but now have limited motion and hurts some??

Seek Orthopedic Eval: Sometimes minor puncture injuries around a finger can penetrate into the joint. This is especially true on the "top" (dorsal) finger. This can deliver bacteria into the joint. Once in the joint, an infection results which can result in pain, swelling, redness, stiffness that worsens over time. Recommend immediate evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon to make sure the joint is not infected. ...Read more

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I've had a scarred finger joint (PIP joint) of the ring and small finger of the right hand due to trauma causing contracture..

I've had a scarred finger joint (PIP joint) of the ring and small finger of the right hand due to trauma causing contracture..

Scar contracture: In the skin can sometimes be addressed with scar release or skin flaps/graft. Scar in the joint can be addressed with capsular release. Scar on the tendons can also limit motion and at times surgeons do a tenolysis. Hand therapy also can be used and sometimes with progressive splinting with or without surgery ...Read more

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Complete dislocation of pip joint on 3rd finger, deviated toward thumb. Reduced in under 60 sec, no fracture. Healing time?

Complete dislocation of pip joint on 3rd finger, deviated toward thumb. Reduced in under 60 sec, no fracture. Healing time?

6 wks+: U tore the ulnar collateral ligament. Buddy tape 2 the ring finger. B sure u have seen an ortho 2 confirm no fx. Some use casts but I find there is 2 much loss of motion 2 deal with. ...Read more

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My left index (proximal interphalangeal joint and metacarpophalangeal joint) I have pain when I bend the finger. My RA factor is normal.

See details: Ra is very unlikely when a single finger is involved. Is the finger swollen? Is there an area of tenderness? It could something simple such as tendinitis. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Broke ring finger @ 3rd distal interphalangeal joint 2yrs ago hit a brick wall holding garden scissors its hurting xrays? Didn't go 2 doc @ first

Broke ring finger @ 3rd distal interphalangeal joint 2yrs ago hit a brick wall holding garden scissors its hurting xrays? Didn't go 2 doc @ first

Arthritis: Intra articular fracture puts you at risk for degenerative arthritis of the joint resulting in pain and decreased motion. Recommend x-ray and hand surgery consult. Very painful degenerative changes could require joint fusion. ...Read more

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Hello! My right hand, middle finger Distal Interphalangeal joint. This joint feels tender when I press down on it, then straighten it. What?

Hello! My right hand, middle finger Distal Interphalangeal joint. This joint feels tender when I press down on it, then straighten it. What?

Arthritis synovitis: Can give a slight bit of swelling in the joint such that fluid when it's moved around takes up space and you interpret that as discomfort or stiffness. Even very early arthritis where the X-ray might seem normal can have this Synovitis can be swelling alone. Most common is OA. But many varieties of arthritides exist including associated with celiac, gi issues, infectious, rheumatoid like etc ...Read more

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What do I do about severe dislocation of the pip joint?

What do I do about severe dislocation of the pip joint?

Reduction: It needs to be properly reduced this may require open surgical procedure in some cases or may respond to closed manipulation. If unstable after reduction joint requires active stabilization that allows motion but prevents redislocation. See a hand surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How could I loosen the tendons and allow the dip and pip joint to bend?

How could I loosen the tendons and allow the dip and pip joint to bend?

Exercise & Rehab: I am assuming your post surgery or injury. Once cleared by your doctor to do so gentle range of motion exercises with the fingers and hand will help re-establish full movement. Exercises like squeezing a raquet ball or working theraputty (or silly putty if your cheap like me) will help. If your not improving physical therapy, hand therapy or occupational therapy may help. Ask your doc about them. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for an index pip joint dislocation?

What is the recovery time for an index pip joint dislocation?

6-8 weeks: Sit down with your primary care doctor and / or the orthopedic specialist who had worked with you. He or she will be able to make a plan for your recovery. ...Read more

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Can a volar subluxation on the pip joint be fixed 3 months after injury and after 2 months of pt?

Can a volar subluxation on the pip joint be fixed 3 months after injury and after 2 months of pt?

Tough fix: You didn't say how this happened. If your pip joint is subluxed or out of position, that is not reduced, pt is unlikely to help. If you are not making progress after 2 months of therapy discuss this with your doctor. If you are not seeing a hand surgeon you should do this. Sound like additional surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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Reinjury old sprain. Coban wrapped pip joint+antiinflam cream 1month. Now the dermal ridges right above and under the pipjoint have stretched. Permanent?

Reinjury old sprain. Coban wrapped pip joint+antiinflam cream 1month. Now the dermal ridges right above and under the pipjoint have stretched. Permanent?

DOUBT permanence: The creases on top of the finger can go "missing" for a time if the joint is swollen and stiff. The skin there is very flexible and if the jointis bent a little or the joint is full the creases look different. The creases don't really strethc they just look different until time passes if and when / after the mechanics normalize. ...Read more

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For over 2 months when bending big toe sharp pain above PIP joint area, not in the joint. Numb to the right of pain down to big toe mound. What is it?

For over 2 months when bending big toe sharp pain above PIP joint area, not in the joint. Numb to the right of pain down to big toe mound. What is it?

A tendon: It seems that you re not feeling pain in the joint, but The Extensor hallucis Longus tendon might be the source.
It may have been strained causing some inflammation. Just recently saw a couple of these. The joint may need some range of motion exercises to get that tendon to stretch. It is for some reason, unable to go the distance with flexion of that toe. ...Read more

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Pinky pip joint dislocated 3months ago. Its still swollen the same amount for 2months with the same amount of reduced movement. Any treatments for that?

Pinky pip joint dislocated 3months ago. Its still swollen the same amount for 2months with the same amount of reduced movement. Any treatments for that?

Therapy: Wrapping (coban) can reduce swelling, but pip is a very unforgiving joint with trauma. Hand therapy and dynamic splinting can help mobility, but some swelling will remain. ...Read more

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Is an X-ray necessary for a jammed 5th toe if there is tenderness over the dip joint but not over the pip joint?

Probally not: Toes are always getting bumped and banged and even with breaks there usually justed taped to stabilize them. ...Read more

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3 months ago, my pip joint of pinky got dislocated. Reduced movement, normal strength. Anything to get it back to normal? Having ultrasound therapy

3 months ago, my pip joint of pinky got dislocated. Reduced movement, normal strength. Anything to get it back to normal? Having ultrasound therapy

Continue with motion: Need to make sure you can fully straighten your pip joint. If this joint is bent and you can't fully straighten then you should see a hand therapist who can start you with splinting. Once you loose the ability to straighten the pip joint may never return. Flexion will come back once the swelling resolves. ...Read more

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Pain in interphalangeal joint of big toe a few weeks but playing soccer last night the pain has increased significantly. Hurts to walk on it. Help?

Pain in interphalangeal joint of big toe a few weeks but playing soccer last night the pain has increased significantly. Hurts to walk on it. Help?

Stop playing: Soccer and see a podiatrist for x-rays. It is possible it is something like a capsulitis or synovitis of the capsule that envelopes the toe joint. (think sprain). A fracture should also be ruled out. Inflammation of the extensor hallucis longus tendon is another concern.
You need to stop playing until this is healed.
The toe should likely be wrapped until you can see the doctor to prevent motion. ...Read more

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Knots and pain on fingers between joints?

Knots and pain on fingers between joints?

See rheumatologist: May be arthritis nodules or gouty nodules...... ...Read more

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How rare is it for someone to have double jointed fingers unless marphans?

How rare is it for someone to have double jointed fingers unless marphans?

Marfans is linked to: Joint instabilty but there are many similar diseases yhat lead to joint instability. Many younger (non marfanoid) have joint looseness that they also grow out of. ...Read more

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What does pain in finger joints mean?

Joint pain: Pain in the joints of the fingers may be from overuse sprain or actual inflammatory arthritis. The latter may have associated tenderness and swelling. A rheumatologist or a hand surgeon are best qualified to evaluate chronic finger joint pain. ...Read more