Fracture of the Finger
Your hands and wrists are essential tools that allow you to work, play and perform everyday activities. How well the hand and wrist interact depends on the integrity and function of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints and bones.
Problems in any of these can affect upper extremity function, causing disruptions at home and work and negatively impacting quality of life.
The human hand itself is very complex and delicate in structure. At some time in life, you may experience hand, finger or wrist pain.
Although the bones in the hand are small, a broken (fractured) finger is not a minor injury. The bones in a normal hand line up precisely. They let you perform many specialized functions, such as grasping a pen or manipulating small objects in your palm. When you fracture a finger bone, it can cause your whole hand to be out of alignment.
Without treatment, your broken finger might stay stiff and painful.
Cause & Symptoms
Generally, a fractured finger occurs as the result of an injury to the hand. You can fracture a finger when you slam your fingers in a door, when you put out your hand to break a fall, or when your finger jams while trying to catch a ball. Carelessness when working with power saws, drills, and other tools can result in a fractured finger.
Swelling of the fracture site
Tenderness at the fracture site
Bruising at the fracture site
Inability to move the injured finger in completely
Deformity of the injured finger
If you think you fractured your finger, immediately tell your Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine doctor exactly what happened and when it happened. Your doctor must determine not only which bone you fractured, but also how the bone broke.
Bones can break in several ways: straight across the bone, in a spiral, into several pieces, or shatter completely.
Your doctor may want to see how your fingers line up when you extend your hand or make a fist.
Does any finger overlap its neighbor?
Does the injured finger angle in the wrong direction?
Does the injured finger look too short?
Your doctor may x-ray both of your hands to compare the injured finger to the uninjured finger on your other hand.
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