Which Is More Painful, The Fingers Or Knees? 

 October 5, 2022

By  Linda Rook

Tendons in the Hand


Arthritis is a debilitating disease that attacks the joints in your body. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and there are two main types.

Osteoarthritis is wear and tear of the cartilage that cushions the two joint bones from rubbing together. The cartilage wears away over time and is mainly in the elderly or if you have an injury in the joint. However, it can also attack children as well called JIA or Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

The second type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis; this is where it attacks the healthy immune system, which fights infection, and eventually attacks the cells which line the joints by mistake. Causing inflammation, both internal and external, where it’s trying to shield you from infection, injury or a foreign body.

In this blog I shall go through the symptoms and risk factors of this terrible disease.

Arthritis of the knees.

Arthritis causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints and attacks the large and strongest joints. You have three bones in your knee, which are:

  • The thigh bone (femur).
  • Shinbone (tibia).
  • Kneecap (patella).

You have cartilages between the two bones at the joints that cushion the bones from rubbing together.

You also have a synovial membrane, which is a type of tissue that is around the joint that lubricates the cartilage.

Three types of arthritis affect the knees they are:

Osteoarthritis – is a common type.

Post-traumatic arthritis – is a type of osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA – is an autoimmune disease.

The five stages of arthritis of the knee.

The common type is osteoarthritis of the knee.

-Stage zero (normal) – the first stage is when your knee is healthy. There are no symptoms of arthritis.

-Stage one (minor) - at this stage, you are developing wear and tear of the knee joints. Maybe you won’t feel any pain.

-Stage two (mild) – you may start feeling pain and stiffness, but the cartilage is still there enough to keep it from touching.

-Stage three (moderate) – if you get this stage, you’ll feel pain, particularly when you run, walk or kneel. The pain may be worse when you have rested; this could be because the cartilage has narrowed further and developing bone spurs.

OA of the knee

-Stage four (severe) – if you get to this last stage, it means that your cartilage is nearly gone.  Your knee(s) are stiff to move, painful and probably immobile. At this stage, you may need surgery.


There are many symptoms and signs to look out for if you think you have arthritis of the knees. They are as follows:

  • Crepitus - Noises of creaking, clicking, grinding and/or snapping as you move.
  • You may have difficulty walking.
  • Pain that changes with the weather. I have found that when it is raining or damp weather, my osteoarthritis pain becomes worse.
  • Your joints will become stiff.
  • When you walk, you may find that your knees may buckle.
  • Pain that either comes suddenly or progresses slowly.
  • Your skin may become red looking and warm to the touch.
  • The knee could be swollen.
  • When you try to move your knee may lock or stick.

Risk factors.

Arthritis of the knee can affect all ages, even children, which is called JIA or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

A virus or an injury can trigger arthritis, or it could be genetics. Although the cause of arthritis is unknown, there are risk factors that can increase the likelihood of arthritis in the knees, such as the following;

  • Ageing – osteoarthritis is common in elderly adults over the age of 50.
  • It can also develop in young adults and children, this type of arthritis is called JIA or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
  • More women are prone to arthritis than men.
  • Anomalies – if your bones are naturally crooked, you are at high risk.
  • If you have inherited genes.
  • Gout – yes, gout is a type of arthritis that comes in the RA group, which is inflammatory arthritis that could lead to osteoarthritis.
  • Injury – any injuries to the knee can cause arthritis.
  • Stress – if you are a sporty person or in an active job, you are likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • Weight – the last one is if you have extra weight, you are putting more pressure on the knee joints. Therefore, you are at risk of osteoarthritis of the knees.
  • Gout of the foot

    Arthritis of the hands.

    Arthritis of the hands is a disease which attacks the tissues of the joints. Arthritis can attack both the cartilage and the lining of the joints. Over time the cartilage breaks down, and then the ends of the bone joints rub together.

    The hand has over thirty bones in it, and it is common to develop arthritis. You are also unable to achieve everyday tasks like you used to do. 

    The parts of the hand that can be attacked by this disease are:

    • The thumb is at the base where it meets the wrist.
    • Your knuckles. This could be worse if you crack your knuckles.
    • The middle joint of the finger.
    • And the top joint near the top of the finger(s).

    Arthritis of the hand is usually found in the following types of arthritis.

    Osteoarthritis – where it’s wearing away of the cartilage.

    Rheumatoid arthritis – is an autoimmune disease attacking the lining of the joint.

    Psoriatic arthritis. – this type of arthritis attacks the skin, like psoriasis and the joints.

    Wonky Arthritic Hand


    You may get early signs of symptoms like:

    • A dull or burning feeling in the joint that appears hours or days after an increased activity of your hand.
    • Swollen, pain and stiffness in the mornings.

    When you’ve had arthritis for a while, your symptoms may become:

    • More often and present.
    • The pain may change from a dull ache to sharp pain.
    • The pain could wake you up during the night.
    • The tissue surrounding the affected joint may become red and tender to the touch.
    • When you bend your fingers, you’ll feel grinding, grating, cracking or clicking noises, called crepitus.
  • You may not be able to do a fist.
  • Nodules could form on the Bouchard’s nodes or the top finger joints called Heberden’s nodes.
  • If your arthritis develops further, your fingers will become swollen and deformed with abnormal bent fingers; this, in turn, leaves the hands weak and unable to do tasks.
  • Risk factor.

    You are at risk of developing arthritis in the hands if you are in any of these categories.

    • Elderly – osteoarthritis is seen after the age of 50. Whereas rheumatoid arthritis appears between 35 and 50.
    • If you are white.
    • If you are a woman.
    • If you are overweight.
    • If you have had a previous injury like dislocation or broken any joints in your hand or fingers.
    • Or if you inherited the genes.


    When you get this terrible disease, you are living with pain, inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Also, there is no cure for arthritis, so the only thing you can do is to reduce the symptoms by exercising more, keeping a healthy weight and going on a healthy diet.

    The arthritic pain is mostly in your weight-bearing joints like your knees, hips, feet and spine.

    The common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which it’s wear and tear of the joints and often comes on over months or years.

    Therefore, the knees and hips are the most painful as they are weight-bearing joints that have the weight of your body and wear away quicker and more painful.

    I am not a medical professional and this blog is for information only. If you are worried about anything you should see  your doctor.

    I hope this blog has helped you.


    Linda Rook

    Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 

    Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.

    Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.

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