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how bad is a tiny avulsion fracture at the base of the proximal phalanx laterally 1x2 mm .?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It is not bad if : Treated well. The most important part of the treatment in my opinion is body tapping of the two fingers.
Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Which side?: If on the palm side of the finger, it is a volar plate avulsion. These are treated like sprains with early motion - just need to avoid hyper extension. If on the top side, it may represent a tendon rupture - these require splinting and sometimes surgery.

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