The most common symptom of trigger finger is stiffness in the joints of the finger, especially in the morning. Other symptoms may include:
- Popping or clicking is felt when moving the finger
- Tenderness, sometimes accompanied by a lump in the palm of the hand at the base of the affected finger
- Finger is locked in a bent position and is unable to straighten
Symptoms are usually worse in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Maintaining mobility and activity in the fingers will keep them from becoming too stiff. In some cases, more than one finger may be affected.
In children with the congenital form of the condition, there is often no pain associated with the bent finger position and there is generally no history of trauma or repeated use of the joint. In about one fourth of all congenital cases, the condition occurs in both hands.