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Finger Fractures (Broken Finger)

A hard blow can break a bone in your finger. Broken bones are also known as fractures. Even minor fractures need medical care. Without treatment, they may heal crooked, stiff, or with other problems.

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When to Go to the Emergency Room (ER)

You may not always know when you have a fractured finger. Apply ice to the injury right away. Then, seek medical care if:

  • The finger is swollen or very painful.

  • Your injured finger is pale or blue.

  • You are bleeding.

  • A bone protrudes through your skin.

What to Expect in the ER

Your doctor will ask about your injury and examine your finger. You may have x-rays. Treatment will depend on the type of fracture you have.

Finger Fracture

A broken finger is likely to be placed in a metal splint. This helps straighten and protect the finger while it heals. You may be given exercises to do as the injury heals, to prevent stiffness in your finger.

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