A swollen finger is often the result of injury, inflammation, or localized infection when it affects one or a few fingers. This swelling may follow an isolated aggression such as a fracture, ligament rupture, wound, dislocation, or sprain. When all the fingers of both hands are affected, a more general disease may be suspected. Clubbing is a deformation of the fingertips that may appear swollen, a symptom which occurs in certain conditions such as in chronic respiratory failure. Chronic joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also give a feeling of swollen fingers.