Extreme cold brings with it a greater risk for frostbite. It's more common and often more serious than many people think. The good news is that frostbite is fairly easy to avoid.
The finger tip is one of the most commonly injured areas of the upper extremity because we use our finger tips in so many daily activities. Your finger tip can be injured in a variety of different ways, including being crushed by a door, hit with a hammer, getting stuck under a heavy object, or cut with a knife.
The base of our thumb may be just a small part of our hand, but we rely on it more than we think. Arthritis in that area can have large consequences, often making simple actions such as picking up an object or opening a door an obstacle.
Gout and pseudogout are the 2 most common crystal-induced arthropathies. Gout (see the image below) is caused by monosodium urate monohydrate crystals; pseudogout is caused by calcium pyrophosphate crystals and is more accurately termed calcium pyrophosphate disease.
Like most types of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis is a condition in which the cartilage in the joint breaks down and is essentially worn out. However, psoriatic arthritis is unique in that it can commonly develop due to psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes skin to become dry, red and flaky.