how could i tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger

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Dr. Maritza Baez answered:

How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Xray

unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. see a doctor if you have pain after an injury
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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Finger Fracture

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An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment and return to activity guidelines. Hope this helps and best of luck!
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Dr. Michael Korona answered:

How to tell difference between finger fracture or just a sprain?

X-ray

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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Can't really tell

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You can't really tell for sure without an x-ray. Some sprains can be so painful that it mimics a fracture. However, if you have a fracture and it is not fixed properly, it can lead to permanent dysfunction of the joint or nerve injury (e.g. pain).
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My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

Xray

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The most accurate way is performance of radiography or xray of finger. Sprains and soft tissue injury in general are shorter in duration of symptoms. Deformity, point tenderness, discoloration, interruption in movement are signs of fracture. Any or all of signs and symptoms may not be present and vary in degree.
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Please tell me, could a broken finger cause red bumps on a hand?

No

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The changes in the skin from bruising and swelling would only be in the finger.
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Can someone tell me how long will it take for a broken finger to heal?

4-6 weeks

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All things being equal, the bone shold heal in 4-6 weeks. If it is a complicated fracture, infected, or if other issues, it may take longer. Discuss with your orthopedist or hand surgeon.
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How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

X-rays

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pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the finger are all signs of injury, but only an x-ray can prove the finger is broken
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How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

Depends

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sometimes an ankle sprain is actually a break so should be seen by doctor, broken finger should definitely be seen by doctor to make sure heals correctly.
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How can a broken finger heal?

Immobilize

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In an uncomplicated finger fracture, healing only requires immobilizing the fingerr (with a finger splint) for 4-6 weeks.
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