It can sometimes be difficult to know whether your finger is broken or sprained. But if you know the signs of a broken finger, it can be diagnosed and treated. Proper treatment is critical to maintaining the function of your fingers and preventing permanent deformity or loss of mobility.
The steps below may help you determine if your finger is broken and how to manage the pain.
Signs and Symptoms of a Broken Finger
Fingers let us touch objects, grasp them, interact with our environment, and communicate. But they are easily injured. As often as we use our hands, it may come as no surprise that fingers are the most commonly injured part of the hand.
Symptoms of broken fingers may include:
- Burning or tingling
- Decreased mobility
How to Alleviate Pain from a Broken Finger
You may be tempted to try bending your finger to test whether it’s broken. With certain fractures, you can have a range of motion with subtle pain. As inflammation begins to spread, your mobility will decrease. You should avoid moving your finger if you suspect you have a fracture or sprain.
Taking proper care of your injured finger can preserve the immediate injury and assist with a smooth recovery.
Tips to Reduce Swelling and Inflammation:
- Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug which reduces swelling and relieves pain. If you take an anti-inflammatory drug, it can help with the initial discomfort from your injury. Always follow the recommended usage on the bottle.
- Rest: Moving your finger will prolong your recovery and can cause further damage to your hand. It is essential to rest your hand if it is injured.
- Ice: In addition to Ibuprofen, icing your finger can also reduce swelling and inflammation. If possible, ice for 20 minutes every hour and avoid direct contact with your skin by wrapping a towel around your finger or ice pack.
- Tape: As previously mentioned, moving your finger can contribute to further or prolonged injury. Tape your injured finger to an adjacent finger to create a temporary splint and limit movement.
Mending A Broken Finger
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above and suspect you have a severe injury, seek help from a medical professional right away. Our team at The Orthopedic Clinic is dedicated to providing the best treatment possible for your injury.
Our doctors will examine your hand to determine the extent of the pain. This can include testing strength, sensation, and range of motion for strains since X-rays don’t show tendons or ligaments. If there is a suspected fracture after inspecting the finger, an X-ray may be used to examine the damage further.
If you need help treating a broken finger, contact us today.