Arthritis Of The Fingers - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim
3 months ago
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body but it is commonly seen in the joints of the fingers. The different types of arthritis and the pattern of joint involvement include osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gouty arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis. Heberden’s nodes are hard or bony swellings that can develop in the distal interphalangeal joints (DIP) and may or may not be painful. They are caused by the formation of osteophytes due to repeated trauma at the joint and usually occurs during middle age. Bouchard’s nodes are bony growths that can form on the proximal interphalangeal joints of the finger (PIP), they may or may not be painful. Bouchard’s nodes are typically associated with limited motion of the affected joint. Dactylitis is also referred to as “sausage digit”. It is inflammation of the entire digit. Sausage fingers is a major finding of psoriatic arthritis. Gouty arthritis will mimic infection and may develop in people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood.