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Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Finger Fracture: Open finger fractures have a higher rate of infection then closed finger fractures but a lower rate of infection than open fractures in other areas of the body. They are usually treated with irrigation, debridement, fixation as needed and oral or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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How do I know if my finger is fractured or broken?

How do I know if my finger is fractured or broken?

Get an x-ray: Fracture and broken are synonymous terms, they mean the same thing. In order to tell if you have a broken finger, you need to obtain an x-ray. ...Read more

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What should I do for finger I fractured 1 month ago?

Range of motion: The fracture is likely healed at this point. The most important thing to do now is work on range of motion. Hopefully, the finger is not crooked, swollen or very painful. Otherwise it should be ok to start moving the finger at every knuckle. If you have a problem getting motion back, see a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Willl you still be able to bend your finger if you fractured the knucke?

Willl you still be able to bend your finger if you fractured the knucke?

Possibly: Depends on how bad the fracture/break was, whether the joint surface is aligned properly. If so, once it heals up should be able to bend but there is a high chance of some loss of the range of motion ie some residual stiffness as a consequence and any break involving the joint surface can lead to post-traumatic arthritis (joint pain from the damage to the joint surface). ...Read more

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Best way to treat a minor fractured finger?

Best way to treat a minor fractured finger?

It depends: A fractured finger needs to be evaluated by a doctor with experience with these kinds of injuries. Some seemingly innocent finger fractures can have long-lasting negative results. If it is truly minor, a simple finger splint may be appropriate or even just buddy taping the finger to an uninjured neighbor. ...Read more

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Can't tell if I sprained, broken or fractured my finger?

Can't tell if I sprained, broken or fractured my finger?

Only an x-ray: Can tell, if its a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation.You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprain that can last 4-6 weeks.
In other words, it can be a tough call. ...Read more

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How much time would it take to rehabilitate a fractured finger?

How much time would it take to rehabilitate a fractured finger?

6-10 weeks.: Assuming it is a simple fracture, they usually take 6 -10 weeks to get all your motion and function back. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are some symptoms of a fractured finger?

Need expert help here. What are some symptoms of a fractured finger?

Pain and: Fractures (broken bones) often are associated with swelling, pain, and bruising. If the fracture is out of place or mal-aligned a deformity can sometimes be seen. Please get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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How serious can finger fractures be?

Very serious.: Some fractures could affect the alignment of your fingers. Since we use our fingers daily for all activities of daily living, it's critical for a fracture to heal, or be surgically fixated, in an optimal position. ...Read more

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What to do if I fractured my index finger.?

What to do if I fractured my index finger.?

See a specialist.: See an orthopedic hand specialist, who can determine if the fracture can be treated non-surgically vs surgically. ...Read more

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I jammed my finger playing basketball and I don't know if it's broken, sprained or fractured?

I jammed my finger playing basketball and I don't know if it's broken, sprained or fractured?

Only an x-ray: Can tell, if its a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation.You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprain that can last 4-6 weeks.
In other words, it can be a tough call. ...Read more

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What type of activities can cause a fracture in a child's finger?

Many Things: Almost anything that puts unusual stree or torque on the finger can cause a fracture. Falls, blows suach a baseball, excessive twisting are examples. ...Read more

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Are there any risks associated with surgically correcting a crooked finger from a fracture?

Yes, Of course: I would ask about the specific risks involved with the surgical correction of your fracture from the hand surgeon who assesses you. ...Read more

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I've a sharp tingling pain in the tip of my left ring finger. I've had no fractures. Can you tell me why?

I've a sharp tingling pain in the tip of my left ring finger. I've had no fractures. Can you tell me why?

Digital nerve: You have irritation of your digital nerve of your finger. I would recommend an examination by an orthopedic surgeon to make sure that it is only a temporary thing and not something more involved. ...Read more

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What to do if I need help with a cracked or fractured ring finger how do I diagnose it and treat it myself?

Don't treat yourself: The ring finger is very important with respect to grip strength of your hand. Orthopaedic surgeons spend years training in order to diagnose and treat these injuries properly. Do yourself a favor and see an orthopaedic surgeon or go to an er or urgent care center to have an xray and receive proper treatment. ...Read more

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My pinky finger is fractured below the knuckle and the doc says it has already started. What else can I do?

See a hand surgeon: I presume that you are saying the healing has started. It all depends on how far along the fracture is. Many of these can be manipulated or surgically treated to correct malalignment. If the alignment in okay, then starting therapy to improve motion and function may be appropriate. So, a lot depends on the xrays and the time since the injury. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?

I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?

See orthopedic doc: Especially one who specializes in hand surgery to have hand evaluated & learn what options for treatment are available. May require additional x-ray study. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had three metacarpals fractured one almost broken all the way through and set in the cast one of my fingers has constant pain is this normal?

Cast: It is normal to have pain with broken bones but if this pain is new you need to call your orthopedist. There may be a problem with the cast. Make sure you elevate your hand, rest it on pillows above the level of your heart. If this alleviates your pain, it may have just been due to swelling, if the pain persists you need to be seen. ...Read more

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My finger knucle is hard to bend. I fractured it during football. And had a splint of it for about a month. But its hard to bend it. Is this bad?

Finger fracture: The stiffness is probably from not moving it for a month. Talk with your doctor about getting hand therapy. ...Read more

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Good day. How long does it take for a fractured finger to heal? Is it necessary and important for me to go see a doctor again and maybe to take x-ray's again?

Time is on your side: Without knowing the details of the fracture, it is impossible to determine the healing time. An uncomplicated fracture could heal in as little as six weeks but some could take much longer. Follow up visits and x-rays are, in part, protect you from potential complications of the injury. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my finger is jammed or fractured?

X-ray: The only way to know for sure if something is fractured is to get an x-ray. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Would you be able to bend a finger if it was fractured?

Would you be able to bend a finger if it was fractured?

Sure as it depends: Upon how severe the fracture, where I th finger and many other factors. But typicaly yes being able to bend it does not rule a fracture out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I determine if my finger is fractured?

Can you tell me how do I determine if my finger is fractured?

See your PCP to get: An xray after an examination. Without an xray its difficult to determine it.
You will be having pain, tenderness, maybe a deformity and inability to use your finger without hurting.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I know if my finger is sprained, jammed or fractured?

How can I know if my finger is sprained, jammed or fractured?

Finger pointing: The only way to know for sure is have your finger imaged. X-ray would be the easiest. Spraining and jamming can be minor to severe and can make you think your finger is fractured. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is broken/fractured?

X-rays: X-rays will provide the necessary information to determine about finger fractures (and the type of finger fracture). While physical examination alone can sometimes yield a lot of information, radiographic examination remains a true and tested method for establishing a diagnosis of a fracture within a finger. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more