Symptoms and causes

Symptoms and causes

What is it?

A trigger finger is caused by an inflammation of the flexor tendons. The origin of this inflammation is often unknown. However, it is more common in people with rheumatism, gout and diabetes. The digits most often affected are the ring finger and the thumb.

Symptoms of a trigger finger may include:

  • Pain and swelling at the base of the finger
  • sometimes a thickening can be felt
  • a clicking sensation when stretching the finger
  • Possibly: complete stiffening of the finger

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis and treatment


A cortisone injection can reduce the swelling and largely resolve the symptoms.

However, if it is a prolonged problem, surgery will be necessary. The bridge under which the flexor tendons slide is removed.

After the procedure, there will be a few threads in the palm of the hand. You will be able to move immediately. The sutures will be removed during a visit after ten days.

Treatment centres and specialisations

Treatment centres and specialisations
Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Latest publication date: 22/06/2023
Supervising author: Dr. Desmyter Stefan