What other symptoms might occur with knuckle pain?

Knuckle pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on its cause and any underlying diseases or conditions. Some conditions that may affect the hands, such as diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage due to high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes), can cause symptoms in other body systems.

Knuckle symptoms that may occur along with knuckle pain

Pain in a knuckle may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Burning or tingling sensation (paresthesia)
  • Difficulty moving the knuckle, finger or hand
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling (edema) of the hand, fingers or joints

Other symptoms that may occur along with knuckle pain

Knuckle pain may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Back pain
  • General stiffness that lasts more than one hour after rising in the morning
  • Leg pain
  • Muscle spasms or cramps
  • Redness, warmth or swelling of the joints

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, knuckle pain may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or inability to breathe, labored breathing, wheezing, or choking
  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain
  • Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Sudden, severe headache

What is knuckle pain?

Pain in your knuckle can arise from a number of different causes. Knuckle pain may develop as a result of conditions affecting any of the structures in the knuckle, including skin, nerves, muscles, joints, tendons, bones, ligaments, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Injury from trauma and osteoarthritis are common causes of knuckle pain.

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What causes knuckle pain?

Injury or damage to any of the structures in the knuckle can cause knuckle pain. Diseases that affect the entire body, such as diabetes, arthritis, or vascular disease, are more complex processes that can lead to knuckle pain.

Traumatic causes of knuckle pain

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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