Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Tender Finger Overview

Another name for Tender Finger is Finger Tenderness.

What is finger tenderness?
A person with finger tenderness has pain when pressure is applied to the skin over the finger. Finger tenderness is usually caused by infection, inflammation, or injury to the structures in the finger. Causes of finger infection include cellulitis, felon, and paronychia. Additional causes of finger tenderness include tenosynovitis and arthritis. Finger tenderness may also be caused by a finger injury, such as a finger contusion, finger sprain, and finger fracture.

What are the symptoms of finger tenderness?
Symptoms that may occur with finger tenderness include finger pain, finger swelling, hand swelling, finger stiffness, and finger redness.

How does the doctor treat finger tenderness?
Treatment for finger tenderness depends on underlying cause. Treatment for finger tenderness may include rest, elevation, cold or warm compresses, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication, and antibiotics. A finger injury may also require treatment with a splint, a cast, or surgery.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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