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Fingers

Each of our hands has 14 finger bones and 30 distinct muscles, along with a small army of tendons. Together, fingers carry out an endless list of tasks—working as a team or individually—from forcefully grasping a pullup bar to delicately threading a needle.

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A swollen thumb may be painful and affect your day-to-day activities. It can be caused by a bacterial infection within the nail, trauma from an injury, or inflammation of the thumb joints. A sprained thumb and arthritis are the most common culprits for a swollen thumb.

Are you experiencing index finger pain and swelling? This condition may occur after a traumatic injury to the hand, a nail infection, or arthritis. A fracture or dislocation can cause bruising and index finger joint pain that will need immediate medical care.

Are your fingers swollen in the morning? Is it difficult to remove your rings? Learn about the top 10 causes of swollen fingers and relief options.

Raynaud’s phenomenon (Raynaud’s syndrome) causes your fingers and toes to feel cold. It happens when you get less blood flow to your extremities. It usually improves when you warm them back up.

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Understand your fingernail pain symptoms, including 2 causes & common questions.

Thumb pain may be accompanied by stiffness, difficulty gripping, swelling, and more, and causes range from trauma to infections and diseases. Read more to learn about thumb pain, causes, possible treatments, and more.

A mallet finger is a deformity of the finger caused when the tendon that straightens your finger is damaged, commonly caused by a direct blow to the fingertip.

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Understand your finger pain symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

When you jam your finger, you're injuring the ligaments and bones of your finger. Symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, and impaired function and mobility of the injured finger. Learn how to treat it.

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Paronychia is when the skin around your nails gets infected. It is caused by bacteria or yeast. The skin around the nail might get red, swollen, painful, and become filled with pus. Most cases get better in less than a week if treated.

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Thumb arthritis refers to inflammation of the thumb joints. There are a number of distinct joints in the thumb, all of which can be affected by thumb arthritis.

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Finger dislocation occurs when the bones of the finger are moved from their normal position; most often in the middle knuckle of the little, ring, middle, or index finger.

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A sprained thumb is an injury of an overextended or torn ligament connecting the bones at the base of the thumb. Symptoms include swelling, bruising, and pain.

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Understand brittle fingernails symptoms, including 7 causes & common questions.

There are two main issues that may be causing your thumb pain if it's occurring near the fingernail. Learn how to treat it.

Pain in the middle knuckle of the finger is usually caused by trauma from an injury or inflammation of the joints within the hand. Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis can cause swelling and knuckle pain.

Thumb numbness can have many possible causes. This may include injury to any nearby components of the arm, wrist, or hand, temporary nerve compression from arm positioning, nerve root compression in the neck or nerve compression in the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), or even some systemic illnesses. Learn how to get relief.

When you have cold fingers, they may feel nearly frozen, with a sharp pins-and-needles sensation. You may notice swelling, color changes, and numbness. And you may not be able to feel anything with your fingertips. Learn about the 6 most common causes.