Are you concerned that you may have a fractured or broken finger?
Gently check for pain and tenderness in your finger to explore whether or not it may be broken. If your finger is swollen and bruising, and if you’re having trouble moving it at all without pain – of if it appears deformed in terms of its position – the likelihood is that you may have a fracture. Symptoms of a sprained finger may also include swelling and bruising. You most likely will still able to bend the joint.
Fingers have the highest risk of injury of all the parts of the hand. You can injure your finger while working with a tool, such as a hammer or a saw. Your finger can break when a fast-moving object hits your hand, such as a baseball. Slamming your hand in a door or putting your hands out to break a fall can also cause damage to your finger. The nature of the injury and the strength of the bone determine whether a fracture occurs.
It is important to seek treatment for a broken/fractured finger as soon as possible in order to increase the probability of proper healing. Early treatment will also help minimize pain and stiffness and ensure that you once again have good range of motion when your fracture heals. An X-ray will be taken to determine if there is a fracture, where the fracture is located, and the severity of the injury.
Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience, and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.
If you have experienced a finger injury and feel you may have a fracture, contact one of our St. Louis or Kansas City orthopedic practices for evaluation and treatment.