Finger tophi don’t always hurt, but they do stop you gripping. Even painless tophi make life difficult when your fingers are affected.
These photos of gout in fingers show what happens when tophaceous gout hits your fingers.
Like toes and ears, fingers are subject to lower temperatures, so these extremities are common targets for tophi. A tophus, the singular of tophi, can form in any soft tissue when you have gout. This page covers gout in and around the finger joints.
Photos of Gout in Index Fingers
It is difficult to say if this is a grouping of several tophi, or a single tophus. It doesn’t really matter, if you have several lumps or one big one, you can be certain that you need to get treatment fast. Early uric acid lowering treatment at maximum dose will ensure that tophi shrink as fast as possible. This can often avoid lancing or other surgical procedures, and dose can be relaxed after a year or so to maintain uric acid at a safe level of 5 mg/dL (0.30 mmol/L).
I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to perform everyday tasks with tophi on the fingers. I have experienced swollen joints in my wrist, fingers, and hand, and I know how difficult that made life for me. Best to get your acute gout fixed before it gets tophaceous, so head over to the Gout Treatment department and get your uric acid safe.
If tophi are left to grow, they make treatment for gout more difficult and more invasive.
More Finger Tophi Photographs
- Gouty Tophi In Finger Bone
- This gouty tophi in the finger bone report shows how tophaceous gout can spread throughout the body. Stay safe from uric acid crystals and keep your levels low.
- Finger Lost To Gout
- Have you had a finger lost to gout? Don’t dismiss gouty fingers. Untreated gout leads to bone destroying tophi. See how to avoid losing your fingers to gout.
I will add to this list as new pictures of tophi on the fingers become available.
Your Finger Tophi Photographs
I am always on the lookout for interesting gout pictures. If you have photographs of tophi or other gout-related images, please share your gout pictures. Having said that, you should really be thinking about the impact that finger tophi will have on your life. Many gout sufferers accept these small lumps. Because they are usually painless and don’t restrict you. But that will change as they grow. So how is ignoring this symptom of excess uric acid going to help you? Surely it’s better to see your doctor about uric acid treatment now. Rather than consulting a surgeon later?
Photos of Gout in Fingers Comments
GoutPal visitor responses and associated research include:
Cynthia asked, “Nodules for gout are supposed to be movable. Can they be rigid also?”
To which I responded:
I have to assume that the nodules you refer to are actually gouty tophi. But you really need to get your fingers examined by your doctor. Because it is impossible for me to see what you are seeing. Also, your “nodules” might be something that require urgent medical attention.
As far as gout is concerned, tophi develop on the fingers when uric acid crystals accumulate under the skin. Initially, these lumps are “jelly-like” so they are movable. But as your immune system continues to attack any visible crystals they often become harder. This is why we often see advanced tophi bursting through the skin. Because the rigid lumps often move with the joints, or get knocked, and the skin breaks as a result.
You must get tophi examined by your doctor as soon as possible. Because early intervention allows you to get uric acid treatment that will shrink them. But the shrinking process is limited once tophi have become solid. Often, the only way to remove rigid tophi is by surgery.
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