A long list of health issues starts in midlife, depending on overall wellness, genetics, and other factors. Bony bumps on the end joints of the fingers, Heberden’s nodes, are one such condition. Although they are more common in women, men can develop them as well.


1. What They Are

Heberden’s nodes are bony growths that appear on the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints, the joint closest to the fingernail. Erosion of the joint’s cartilage allows the bones to rub against each other. New bone forms, and nodules or nodes develop on the joints. The fingers become gnarled and enlarged.

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