End thumb joint pain
I have read many posts and comments about basal thumb joint pain, but none about the end joint of the thumb. About a month ago I developed a sharp pain at a point location near the base of the end pad of my thumb. I initially dismissed as the site of an earlier rose thorn sliver. This gradually changed into a general pain in the end joint and swelling of the joint and pad. The back of the joint is only slightly swollen and not as tender. Viewed from the side the joint and thumb pad are about 50% larger than the opposite thumb. Is this just another form of arthritis? Does it develop that fast? I am about to embark on the ice and ibuprofen treatment. Any other suggestions?