Can cracking fingers and toes be a warning sign of arthritis?
Checked for accuracy: Can cracking fingers and toes really be an indication of arthritis?
ARTHRITIS affects ten million people in the UK, but can breaking your joints lead to the disease later in life?
You may have been told not to crack your joints, such as your fingers or toes, because doing so increases your risk of developing arthritis.
Cracking your joints can help relieve a sudden soreness or it can simply be an anxious habit.
Bubbles in your synovial fluid pop, causing the popping sound you hear when you split your joints.
Synovial fluid is a thick liquid that sits between your joints, reducing friction while cushioning the ends of your bones.
Bubbles in liquids can be caused by gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.
When your bones are forced apart or stretched, negative pressure builds up, which causes the bubbles to burst.
Ligaments could be the source of this popping sound.
When a bone or joint is stretched or bent, it snaps over it, especially in the fingers.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, “there is no proof that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in joints.”
Joint cracking isn’t usually considered an indication of arthritis or the onset of a disease.
Even in studies that found no link between arthritis and joint cracking, additional joint changes emerged over time.
Knuckle cracking does not hurt your fingers, neck, ankles, or other joints right away, according to Robert Klapper, an orthopaedic specialist, but it can indicate a pre-existing disease in some cases.
If you’re having trouble cracking, it’s possible that you have an underlying problem that is being exacerbated by twisting and compressing the joint.
Although it is widely believed that cracking joints like your toes or knuckles is harmless, there is evidence that it can cause joint damage.
According to Harvard Health, years of knuckle cracking can cause grip strength to deteriorate.
According to Hopkins Arthritis, “a few examples in the medical literature exist correlating knuckle-cracking with injury to the ligaments around the joint or displacement of the tendons that improved with conservative treatment.”
Arthritis can take many forms and be caused by a variety of factors.
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Arthritis is a term used to describe a condition in which a person’s joints are