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Things To Know About Distal Interphalangeal Joint Pain

Interphalangeal Joint Pain

The distal interphalangeal joint is the part of the body that connects the bones at the tip of your fingers. Most people suffering from arthritis often experience pain at this location along with other symptoms depending on the type of arthritis they suffer from. All because of this, getting arthritis diagnosed and treated is very important since early treatment can help in slowing down the progression of this condition and reduce the painful symptoms.

What is DIP Joint?

The DIP joint is the first knuckle at the top of the fingers which connects the two bones at the tip of the finger – the middle phalanx and the distal phalanx. Experiencing pain in the DIP joints can often be the sign of arthritis such as psoriatic arthritis or osteoarthritis.

Symptoms of Distal Interphalangeal Joint Pain

A person who experiences DIP joint pain may often have feelings of burning, stiffness, aching, swelling, etc. Swelling and pain in the hand as well as toes are the other symptoms of arthritis which often reduce the motion of the affected joints. 

The toes and fingers of the people having DIP would mostly look swollen; some may also experience changes in their nails such as discoloration. People having DIP might also suffer from crepitus which is the cracking and cricking sensations that occur while moving the joints. 

Increased inflammation due to arthritis can often lead to the formation of Heberden’s nodes which are bony nodules that form at the affected joints. These nodes occur as a result of wear and tear in the affected joints.

The cartilage that cushions the joints begins to break down when some are affected by osteoarthritis. This results in the bones to rub together as the cartilage cannot protect the bones thereby making the condition to be very painful. The growth of the bone tissue results in the formation of small nodes nearby the existing bones, as this happens.

These nodes are often a sign that a person shows with the most advanced osteoarthritis. The fingers of such people would be stiffer; they can be very painful and only have a reduced movement. They are also likely to experience pain in the nearby joints like the joint at the base of the thumb, and the proximal interphalangeal joint. Therefore, treating DIP pain is very vital as the inflammation in the joints without treatments can result in permanent deformity.