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Triple Jointed Thumbs
It can be a variant : It is hard without a picture or x-ray. There is a variant of the thumb called triphalangeal thumb where the thumb has 3 phalanges (like a finger) instead of the two phalanges that a "norma;" thumb has. There are conditions where the thumb is hypoplastic. This means it is underdeveloped compared to a "normal" thumb and may look thinner, have a different ligament structure and have thinner muscles at its base there are conditions known as arthrogryposis where joints do not develop normally and stiff fingers can result. While many arthrogrypotic limbs are not limited to the fingers alsone there are some mild variants known as distal arthrogryposis where only the finger joints are affected hand differences or hand congenital ( born with) anomalies are common. Some hand differences are beyond classification ( in other words we don't have a name for them they just are what they are) the good thing is that for most with a congenital thumb difference or even a stiff thumb joint that occurs due to an injury, it is not a problem doing everything and it is not a limiting factor in any type of job, hobby or activity you might want to search "congenital hand differences" on the web to read more. ...Read more
Arthritis or trigger: Arthritis in the ip or terminal joint, the mp or main knuckle joint, or the base or cmc basilar joint is one cause. Arthritic pain is typically worse in th am but can stop after you get moving. Severe cases persist during activity. Very severe cases hurt and ache even into the evening trigger thumb also a painful thumb issue that is worse in the am. In some cases no locking occurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The joint below my right thumb will not bend and when i force it, it like comes out of place. What is wrong?
Joint still hurts where I smash thumb about two weeks ago. Hurts only when touched. Will pain go away? Its been 2 weeks..
Probably: unless you suffered an actual persistent injury, such as a fracture or a tendon injury, you should gradually improve. If your symptoms are continuing to slowly improve, I would do nothing else, but if they are staying the same or worsening, then you should see your doctor for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more
My thumb started hurting and was stiff hard to bend. At the base joint has a hard knot an the first joint I can hardly bend.
Injury?: Do you remember injuring it? Might need an xray. See a physician for evaluation and treatment. Not being able to bend your thumb needs evaluation in person. ...Read more
Both of my thumbs are locking at the joint .very painful . The right started first now the left is locking.. what could it be ?
A few years ago, a pain in both my thumb joints on both sides began. On both thumbs, it hurts in the middle left/right when extended, or pushed. Help?
See details: The internet cannot help. See your doctor or a rheumatologist. ...Read more
I have darkish brown MCP thumb joints. Skin seems a little rough and dry there.I don't smoke or use meds.What could it be and what can I do about it?
Chronic skin: abrasion, irritation, trauma, use causes skin to thicken and darken. Joints get bent a lot. ...Read more