6 doctors weighed in:
Do swollen fingers mean arthritis?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Most of the time!
Unless you have edema, usually yes.
See your pcp, who may refer you to a rheumatologist.

In brief: Most of the time!
Unless you have edema, usually yes.
See your pcp, who may refer you to a rheumatologist.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Martin Raff
Assuming that you mean that the joints are swollen Dr. Namey is correct. If it is the entire finger something else may be going on. The recommendation is AOK.
Dr. Hill Hastings
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Arthritis usually first manifests as pain and swelling of joints.
..Not necessarily the whole finger. A number of conditions other than arthritis can cause finger swelling, most of which are nonspecific and not to worry about.

In brief: No
Arthritis usually first manifests as pain and swelling of joints.
..Not necessarily the whole finger. A number of conditions other than arthritis can cause finger swelling, most of which are nonspecific and not to worry about.
Dr. Hill Hastings
Dr. Hill Hastings
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
26 years in practice
490K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors