When osteoarthritis affects your hands, bony knobs called nodes may develop on your joints, giving your fingers and thumbs a gnarled appearance.
Nodes that appear on the joint closest to your fingernail are known as Heberden's nodes
; those that appear on the middle joint are called Bouchard's nodes
Causes and DevelopmentHeberden's nodes
and Bouchard's nodes
usually take years to develop, although they can sometimes appear within a period of weeks or months.
Signs and Symptoms
The affected finger and thumb joints may feel painful or stiff at first, although the pain usually subsides within time. For some people, the pain is gone in as early as a few months, and for others it make take a couple of years. However, the bony knobs will remain.