Why is There Pain, Swelling and Stiffness in my Pinky Finger?

Question

Asked by LindaRivera1

What Is Causing The Unexplained Pain, Swelling, And Stiffness Of My Pinky Finger?

Yesterday I woke up and my pinky finger hurt to bend and was a little swollen at the base of the finger. Today, the pain and swelling is worse, and my finger is stiff. I didn't injure it; these symptoms just started unexpectedly. What could be wrong? Should I see a doctor?

Answer

It's difficult to say what's causing your swollen pinky, but if you didn't injure it it could be something like tendonitis, which is an inflammation and swelling of a tendon. Try applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time to see if that helps ease the pain.

I'd also recommend an OTC anti-inflammatory pain medication, like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen for the pain. If it doesn't get better in a few days or if it gets worse you should definitely see a doctor.

It is possible to injure a finger or toe in your sleep or in some other way that you don't realize at the time. Alternatively, it could be a repetitive motion injury, or even something like carpal tunnel syndrome.

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.