Although minor, a finger fracture requires proper treatment in order to fully and properly heal. When a finger is fractured, it simply means that the bones are misaligned. Dexterity and movement are usually limited or compromised. Read on to learn more.
Causes & Triggers
You can fracture a finger in many ways. Bending, twisting and crushing injuries can all do it. With some breaks, the broken parts of the bone stay aligned with each other. But with others, they shift out of alignment. We call this a “displaced” fracture.
- Acute injury
Signs & Symptoms
A finger fracture can cause pain and swelling. Your finger may be bent out of its normal position, and you may have trouble moving it. Your skin may bruise.
- Limited movement
Tips & Treatment
Some fractures can be treated with a splint or a cast. But a severe fracture may need surgery. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that’s right for you.
- Without proper treatment, finger fractures may cause ongoing pain and stiffness.
- Seek the medical advice of an orthopedic hand specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.