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What is Finger fracture?

19:41 - 4 December , 2023


It refers to a bone injury in one of the fingers or toes, which can range from a slight fissure to a phalangeal fracture, either due to:

  • Falls.
  • Blows.
  • Crushing your finger.
  • Stomps.

When working with tools that can hurt or injure one of the fingers.

The following conditions may increase the risk of breaking a finger, such as:

  • Congenital bone disorders.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Contact sports.
  • Violence.

Finger fractures occur more frequently in older people, but anyone can suffer from it.

Signs and symptoms Finger fracture

The characteristic symptoms are the following:

  • Deformity.
  • Intense pain in the affected area.
  • Swelling.
  • Inability to move the injured finger.
  • Bruises.
  • Tenderness where the fracture is located.
  • Color changes.

There are some possible complications of a finger fracture, such as:

  • Arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Infection in the affected bone.

Diagnosis and treatment Finger fracture

Once the doctor analyzes your symptoms and medical history, they will perform a physical examination in which they will pay special attention to the injured finger or toe to ensure that the foot or hand still receives adequate blood supply and nerve signals. Additionally, they will order X-rays to determine the severity of the fracture.

Treatment may include:

  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
  • Splint or cast to keep the finger straight and protected from further injury.
  • Some finger fractures can cause bone fragments to separate, so you may need:
  • Surgery to reattach the fragments and immobilize them.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation to strengthen the fractured finger and promote range of motion.
At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the musculoskeletal system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care.


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