Dealing With Sore Fingers
The list of possible causes of sore fingers is a long one indeed. Naturally, a good many of the causes have to do with trauma, like hitting a finger with a hammer. Other causes are less obvious, may be hidden, or symptoms of disorders not necessarily directly associated with the fingers.
Stretching Can Help - Sore fingers can sometimes be prevented, at other times not, or the degree of soreness can sometimes be minimized. For example, sore fingers can in some instances be prevented by following a stretching regimen, similar to the one recommended by the Mayo Clinic. Stretching the fingers is a good idea if you are spending lengthy periods of time writing with a pen or pencil, or using the keyboard. Like in most stretching exercises, movement goes from one extreme to the other, and both tension and relaxation are involved. A basic finger stretch involves straightening the fingers while keeping them apart, stretch for about ten seconds, and then slowly bend the fingers inward, starting with the end knuckles and joints. Hold the new position for another 10 seconds, then relax. Repeating the process a few times will help keep the fingers limber, and keep sore fingers at bay.
Guitars - Among the other activities which can lead to sore fingers is guitar playing. There is even a musical group, presumably made up of guitar and/or banjo players called “Sore Fingers”. It's not just the strumming of the instrument that can make fingers sore, in fact figure guards can be, and often are worn, to prevent this. Pressing the strings with the non-strumming hand can make the fingers stiff and sore however, just as clutching a pen can. Again, finger stretching can come to the rescue.
Diabetes Testing - Among those who regard sore fingers as an unpleasant fact of life are sufferers of diabetes, who need to take frequent blood samples from their fingers. The pain from pricking the fingers is always there, even if the person learns to tolerate it. There is always a chance of infection, so the process needs to be meticulously followed each time. There are ways of keeping the pain and soreness to a minimum, pricking the fingers on the sides being one method.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Arthritis - There are a number of disorders that can cause sore fingers in addition to tension or taking blood samples, with Carpal tunnel syndrome being one of the more common. This is a disorder affecting the tendons of the wrist and fingers, and normally requires surgery to correct. There are also several knuckle disorders (or joint disorders) that can create sore fingers. Arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but mainly the latter, are leading causes of finger pain, especially among older adults who have symptoms ranging from occasional stiffness and soreness in the fingers to extreme pain, and disfigurement of the joints.
Gout - Gout is another possibility. Gout is the result of uric acid crystals building up in a joint, a very painful situation. Gout nearly always settles the extremities, especially the big toe, and rather seldom in a finger, but it can happen. An infection of tendon sheaths is another problem that can make movement of the fingers quite painful. This is somewhat similar to Carpal tunnel syndrome, but here the issue is one of infection and not irritation or inflammation.
Referred Pain - Sometimes finger pain is a referred pain. A referred pain is pain that is felt in the body at some other location than where the disorder actually is. Referred pain can be difficult to diagnose at times, and an inability to find the source is a leading cause of misdiagnoses. Until the real cause is determined, the pain remains.