Gradual onset finger pain

Pain in the finger, which develops gradually over time, can be with or without swelling. Chronic finger pain can be due to rheumatoid arthritis, which is associated with inflammation. Ulnar nerve compression can also cause finger pain, which can be dull, tingling or numb.

The nervous system can also refer pain to the fingers via injuries to the neck. Tenosynovitis can be a gradual onset pain in the finger and also be associated with swelling. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Trigger Finger & Trigger Thumb

    Trigger Finger

    Trigger Finger is a form of tenosynovitis which results in the finger becoming bent in towards the palm of the hand. This can also occur in the thumb known as trigger thumb. There is no specific cause but a variety of factors are detailed below which can make the condition more likely, including gaming and texting! The treatment depends on the severity of the condition and can range from resting to surgery.

  • Mallet Finger

    Mallet Finger

    This finger injury makes you unable to extend or straighten the end joint of a finger without assistance. It can happen from sports and other daily activities and causes pain and tenderness to the area. The severity of the injury can vary from a stretching of the tendon to the tendon coming unattached from the bone.

  • Cellulitis Infection - Finger Felon

    Finger Felon

    Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the superficial and deep layers of the skin. In the fingertip, this is known as a felon. It is often caused by a small injury to the end of the finger which can make it painful and swell up. Read more about this infection and how to treat it.

  • Hand & Finger Injuries

    Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously. Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long-term consequences in terms of hand and finger function.