Arthritis of the Thumb
Arthritis of the thumb, also called basal joint arthritis, occurs when there is irritation and destruction at the base of the thumb. This is most commonly due to osteoarthritis – ‘’wear and tear’’ arthritis.
Osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb is more common in women than men, and usually occurs after the age of 40. Having arthritis of the thumb can lead to pain, swelling, stiffness and difficulty in performing daily activities.