Arthritis: the Leading Cause of Finger Joint Pain

As a person grows old, the body grows older as well. Frequently, people are not fond of the idea of getting old and having wrinkly skin. Getting old is a natural process that people must undergo. As individuals age, the body weakens and they become more vulnerable to acquiring and developing diseases just like arthritis which is the leading cause finger joint pain.

Finger joint pain is one of the common problems encountered by older people. Others suffer extreme pain while others are lucky to have mild finger joint pain. There are different factors that cause pain in the finger joint and one of this is arthritis. Based on scientific studies, arthritis is a disease that can be inherited. Individuals who came from families with cases of arthritis have higher chances of developing the disease later in life. There are three different types of arthritis, namely, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Dupuytren’s disease. The osteoarthritis is the common type of arthritis which develops in older people and is the result of the loss of cartilage in the joints. This can also develop as a result of previous injuries in the body. Osteoarthritis cause severe pain between thumb and index finger and can affect not only the hands and fingers, but also the other parts of the body like hips, legs, back, as well as ankles. Some of its symptoms include inflammation of hands, tingling sensation of fingers and the appearance of bumps. In some cases, others also develop cysts or lumps that are filled with water at the back of the fingers. It can be diagnosed through the use of x-rays and other medical imaging procedures.

The Rheumatoid arthritis or RA is another type of arthritis that can cause finger joint pain. It is severe form of arthritis that causes not only severe pain but also occurrence of bone and joint deformities. This disease is characterized by swelling and inflammation of fingers, hands, and wrists. Additionally, more than 50% of individuals with Rheumatoid arthritis develop the so-called Swan-Neck deformity wherein the finger joints bend and look like a crooked-swan neck. Like osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis is also hereditary which means that people who come from families with history of RA are more vulnerable to acquiring the disease. Individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are prescribed with medications and are advised to avoid doing heavy and stressful works. Moreover, changes in diet such as avoidance of food rich in omega-3 fatty acids and flax oil which may trigger inflammation are recommended.

Another possible cause of finger joint pain is having Dupuytren’s Disease. This disease is a progressive disease that becomes worse over time. It is characterized by extreme pain in the finger joint and visible changes on the palm and fingers occur. Aside from arthritis, other causes of finger joint pain include injuries such as dislocation or bone fracture, as well as carpal-tunnel syndrome. Skin diseases such cellulitis and scleroderma may also cause paint in finger joints.

Growing old is not as scary as most people may think. The most important thing to remember is to always keep a healthy lifestyle and a fit body to prevent acquiring illnesses later in life.

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Pain In Toes And Fingers

Toes and fingers pain is a very important subject cause it might be an indication for a serious disease that’s why you have to be aware and diagnosed right, unless you have a condition that is know for its affect on fingers and toes such as:

Smoking may lessen the oxygen levels in your blood and may also narrow the veins that carries the blood to the rest of the body, therefore you might experience pain in toes and fingers since those are the last stations in the body the blood should arrive to, so if you are smoking and started developing that kind of pain you have to start acting towards quitting smoking because that means it started affecting your body negatively that may end up in blocked vein and many other health problems.

 

-old age:

The muscles is attached to bones with what is called tendons with aging we tend to lose our flexibility including our tendons flexibility which leads to stiffness and less mobility concerning joints that will eventually cause you pain wherever there is joint, it may occur mostly in your fingers because we tend to use our hands the most during our daily routines and if you want to know about this, please read more information here.

And it could be one of these diseases.

 

-Arthritis:

Arthritis has a 100 different types so you must check with your doctor which type of arthritis do you have it could be anything from Psoriatic to rheumatoid,

Arthritis is an inflammation that targets your joints it could be any joint in your body from big joints like hips to small joints like fingers and toes joints, so if you are experiencing pain in toes and fingers so there would be a great chance that you have some type of arthritis.

Arthritis symptoms is very obvious it includes pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling due to the act of the immune system trying to fight against the inflammation, some cases there skin gets reddish around the joints.

 

Pain in toes and fingers could also be a symptom of a nerve infection that needs immediate care and attention not to lead to other complications.

 

-Lyme:

Is a bacterial disease that attacks your body it may appear in your fingers and toes on a form of painful reddish spots, it is caused by a certain bacteria and it is highly contagious.

 

-Raynaud’s Disease:

Is a syndrome caused by lack of blood flow to the fingers and toes due to malfunction or disorder in your blood vessels that appears once you are exposed to cold atmosphere, so if you have that syndrome don not panic it could be treated easily just you need to check with your doctor as well there’s some jobs or workplaces may cause you Raynaud’s Disease if you have that disorder in your blood vessels, it will not only cause you pain in toes and fingers but may as well change the colour of your skin that is located on your fingers and toes tips.

 

To read more in this subject you may also check:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthritis

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Pain In The Fingers

The pain that affects the fingers either is a symptom or a case by itself due to an injury, overuse, trauma, obesity, smoking, or poor calcium supply, so you don’t have to panic if it is one of these reasons, but if it’s nothing of these reasons and so it may be a symptom of one of the following diseases:

Here are the most common diseases that cause pain in the fingers:

-Diabetes:

is either the lack of insulin production in the body or the cells doesn’t react to the insulin and absorb it because when we eat the sugar in the food transforms into glucose which is the main source of energy for the body  then the insulin takes that glucose and transfer it through the blood to the cells and here comes the diabetes when there’s a malfunction in that process comes the complications of the diabetes which is foot skin and eye complications also it may cause high blood pressure pain and specially pain in the foot and pain in fingers, diabetes is divided into 2 types,

 type 1: and it mostly occurs to people under the age of 40 and children, and it happens because the insulin is not produced in the first place.

Type 2: it mostly occurs to people who are above 40 and it happens due to shortage in insulin production or because the cells doesn’t accept it the insulin in.

-Arthritis:

One of the main reasons for the pain in fingers joints, it is an Inflammation that affects the mainly the joints but there’s hundreds of types of arthritis that affects the bones, the tendons the cartilages, and the ligaments.

It leaves a painful feeling around the joints because of the degradation that may happen to the bones or the swollen that may happen to the joints which causes a pressure on the surrounding nerves.

It mainly attacks the hand give a pain in the fingers and the joints.

-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Is a disease that affects the hand and it causes numbness in the hands, pain in the fingers, and it may develop to total nerve damage because the main nerve in the hand which is called the median nerve is being pushed due to wrong movements, repeated movements, mechanical movements, obesity or smoking, carpal tunnel syndrome could be easily avoided by watching your daily routine because things like knitting typing sorting nor even driving could lead to it, smoking could lead to it and could lead straight to pain in the fingers, watching your diet and calcium intake may prevent it, and also it could be treated very simply in the first phase, by stretching exercises, stretch your finger from time to another, soak it in hot water for 5 minutes, rest it in hand splint the whole night.

But if it left with out care it may develop to a nerve damage causing a severe pain in the fingers and the whole hand and may require surgery.

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