Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a painful condition that causes your finger or thumb to lock in the bent position. This happens when the tendon becomes swollen and inflamed, preventing it from gliding freely. Certain medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can increase the risk of trigger finger.
Inflammation of the joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation of the tendon sheath, which in turn prevents the tendon from gliding properly. If the tendon ultimately gets stuck, the bent finger will lock in place. There are treatments available to help, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, resting the finger/s, splinting, exercises and/or steroid injections. More severe cases may require surgery, however, and it’s vital to seek an expert opinion from a hand specialist.
Occurrence of trigger finger is significantly higher for patients with diabetes compared to non-diabetics. The connection is unclear, however, long term elevated blood glucose levels may result in a decreased blood supply to the tendons or an abnormal thickening of the tendons. Diabetic trigger finger is more likely to affect both hands and multiple fingers. It is also more common in women with diabetes. A majority of trigger finger patients can be treated with steroid injections, however patients with diabetes may require alternate treatments as steroids cause an increase blood glucose levels. Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the pain, rest, splint and stretches and/or surgery to release the tendon sheath.
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