Trigger finger, a condition that inflames the tissue inside your fingers or thumb, can cause a great deal of pain. Though its cause is typically unknown, trigger finger is more commonly found in women than men as well as in those suffering from other health issues, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
If you’re suffering from trigger finger, you will notice symptoms including a lump in your palm, pain when straightening your fingers, and swelling in your fingers and hand. A severe case may inhibit you from extending your affected finger. A hand doctor may recommend resting your finger or taking an anti-inflammatory medication. If this is not successful in reducing the swelling, the doctor may give you injections of an anti-inflammatory, such as cortisone. If nonsurgical methods prove unsuccessful in reducing your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery.