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what to do for a broken pinky finger

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
About 6 weeks: About 6 weeks to completely heal.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. G Jason Hunt
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Buddy Tape: It depends on where the finger is broken. If there is a fracture of the small finger bones (phalanges) treatment is often as simple as taping the fin ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Broken finger: Depends on the severity of the break, if it is dislocated, etc. Does it extend into the joint?
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Heath
33 years experience Family Medicine
FInger fracture: If the fracture is older than a week, then partial healing requires "breaking" the finger to re-align or reduce the fracture back to normal. The 5th ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tuckman
22 years experience Hand Surgery
Put it back in: The first step is to reduce or put the joint back into place. The biggest problem we see with these injuries is stiffness. Occupational therapy is com ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Have it xrayed: And then you will know.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Protect it...: There is not much to do. I am at a loss as to how a hangnail could be associated with a bruised finger without some underlying trauma, that you did no ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends...: On the severity of the fracture and where the fracture is located. Sometimes "buddy taping" is enough to protect the fracture. In other instances, 30 ... Read More
A 66-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
26 years experience Sports Medicine
Depends: Big toe fractures generally require more restrictions whereas simple fractures of the lesser toes can be treated with simple buddy taping to the adja ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Would depend: If dislocated or broken in joint (intraarticular) if not splinting the toe and surgical shoe is good. Ice to reduce swelling if present.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Medical evaluation: Med eval combined with x-ray will show if you have a fracture. You can see an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience Hand Surgery
Variable: Send xrays. Nondisplaced...Splint or cast it. Displaced or overlapping...Fix it.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
A great deal: Can be learned from examination by an orthopedic or hand surgeon. It is doubtful that a patient would have the expertise to narrow the possibilities. ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Nails are dead: Nails are dead from the beginning.A new one will grow with timely.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Krenn
19 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on where the collarbone is broken and whether the bone fragments are displaced or not (lined up or not). Treatment ranges from a simple sli ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
See a foot doc: Who will examine the digit clinically and take an xray.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roger Palutsis
35 years experience Sports Medicine
Not always: Most thumb fractures can be treated with a splint and not a cast. Fractures to the metacarpal (hand bone of the thumb) usually are best treated with a ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
See dermatologist: Who can figure out why it is hurting. Is it infected? Ingrown? They would likely prescribe an antibiotic if infected and if ingrown might have to rem ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Depends: If no pain it will grow out in time or you can try soaking with hydrogen peroxide. If painful see a podiatrist.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
13 years experience Podiatry
See a doctor : For x-rays and treatment recommendations.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience Family Medicine
Stop hitch-hiking: Just kidding. But a potentially broken thumb is serious. Get to your doc, an x-ray will tell, and they can direct your tx. Or referral.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. They can help evaluate your injury and created a treatment plan ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
X-ray: To determine if there is a fracture an x-ray should be obtained. To determine a sprain clinical evaluation by a hand surgeon is best. This can be con ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
19 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends: A fracture that does not heal sometimes needs more time in a cast. However, if it is painful or crooked, surgery may be necessary to reset the fractur ... Read More
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