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4 Potential Pain in the Knuckle at the End of the Finger Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    RA is a chronic disease which requires lifelong control.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Mallet Finger

    Mallet finger is an injury to the furthest knuckle tendon of the finger, which makes it impossible to straighten the tip of the finger.

    6-8 weeks with a splint

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the knuckle at the end of the finger, recent finger injury, finger pain from an injury, possible damage to the ligament that straightens the tip of the finger, inability to move the finger fully
    Symptoms that always occur with mallet finger:
    finger pain from an injury, pain in the knuckle at the end of the finger, possible damage to the ligament that straightens the tip of the finger
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Dip Joint Dislocation

    The DIP joint (distal interphalangeal joint) is the far joint of each finger. A DIP joint dislocation occurs when trauma causes the bones of the finger to dislodge, resulting in a painful and swollen joint.

    With proper medical attention, pain is expected to resolve within weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the knuckle at the end of the finger, finger dislocation at the knuckle farthest from the palm
    Symptoms that always occur with dip joint dislocation:
    finger dislocation at the knuckle farthest from the palm
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  4. 4.Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis (inflammation and swelling of joints) called psoriatic arthritis.

    This type of arthritis can be managed with treatment, and permanent damage can be prevented. However, the underlying cause (psoriasis) is currently incurable.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shoulder pain, lower back pain, joint pain, upper back pain, hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Knuckle at the End of the Finger

  • Q.Did you injure your finger?
  • Q.Do any of your body parts (e.g., toes, hands, ears) feel cold?
  • Q.Did you get a manicure and/or pedicure in the past few days?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Pain in the Knuckle at the End of the Finger Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the knuckle at the end of the finger have also experienced:

    • 14% Pain in the Middle Knuckle of the Finger
    • 12% Finger Pain
    • 10% Pain in the Knuckle Closest to the Palm
  • People who have experienced pain in the knuckle at the end of the finger had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in the knuckle at the end of the finger were most often matched with:

    • 10% Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • 1% Mallet Finger
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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