Trigger Finger and Diabetes

Trigger finger, known as stiff hand syndrome, is a frequent occurance in diabetic people. It is actually more frequent in long-standing type 1 diabetes. But type 2 diabetics have been known to experience this problem just as well. Diabetes will often target hands as a good place for more complications, and stiff-hand syndrome is one of them along with carpal-tunnel syndrome.

Range of motion within the joints is limited, just as in frozen shoulder.

What you will notice with stiff-hand syndrome, is that your hand will have limited mobility in it. A thick, tight, waxy skin is part of the symptomatology of this disorder.

The cause of this problem has been linked to increased glycosylation of collagen in the skin, and also diabetic neuropathy. Contractures of the fingers known as flexion, may develop when the problem reaches advanced stages.

One of the signs most noticable with trigger finger is the formation of the prayer sign. When a person is unable to completely close gaps between palms together, this is an indicator of stiff-hand syndrome. Also, many people complain of a locking or catching sensation accompanied by pain in the fingers.

Corticosteriods may help this condition along with some physical therapy. Ibuprofen or Motrin also can kill the pain associated with this problem.

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