Certain self-care measures may alleviate trigger finger symptoms:
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- Rest. Your stiff finger may relax somewhat if you rest your hand for four to six weeks. To prevent the overuse of your affected finger, you may need to change your routine to minimize repeated gripping actions.
- Soaking in warm water. Placing your affected hand in warm water, especially in the morning, may reduce the severity of the catching sensation during the day. If this helps, you can repeat the soaking several times throughout the day.
- Massage. Massaging your affected fingers may feel good and help relieve your pain, but it won't affect the inflammation.
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