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How long can a fractured pinky finger knuckle/joint take to heal?

How long can a fractured pinky finger knuckle/joint take to heal?

About 6 wks: A fractured finger usually takes about 6 wks for the bone to heal. If the fracture involves the knuckle or joint, pain can persist because the joint has been injured. See an orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Fractured a bone at the base of my pinky finger. What can I do to heal it?

Fractured a bone at the base of my pinky finger. What can I do to heal it?

See your doctor.: Gnerally, a fracture needs to be immobilized, and the length of time depends on which bone, the location on the bone, and the time since injury. At times surgery may be necessary. You should seek the consultation of your doctor and/or orthopedic hand surgeon for best advice. ...Read more

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The PA from orthopedic wants to leave my fractured pinky to heal on it's own. The piece of bone is pressing on my ring finger when tapped it's excruci?

The PA from orthopedic wants to leave my fractured pinky to heal on it's own. The piece of bone is pressing on my ring finger when tapped it's excruci?

If that's the case-: -it may B that it is just taped 2 tight. There should B cotton between the fingers. @ 41, U don't have 2 worry about growth abnormalities . My rule of thumb if it looks like a finger, but swollen & changing colors, buddy taping is fine, but if it is in wrapped which U should have been shown how, if it points in various directions up, down or twisted (the nails don't match up) then U 2C the ortho! ...Read more

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How long till ican use my hand normally after finger fracture?

How long till ican use my hand normally after finger fracture?

4-8 weeks: It takes 4-8 weeks for finger fractures to heal. Once they have healed, your fingers will likely be stiff. You should be guided in some finger exercises by your doctor or therapist to get your hand moving normally again. If you are properly instructed on the exercises and you do them diligently, you should be back to using your hand normally relatively quickly. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to use my hand normally after finger fracture?

How long should I wait to use my hand normally after finger fracture?

It takes about 6wks: Fractures take about 6 weeks to heal. During this time, the finger is likely to be immobilized. Once the immobilization is completed, range of motion exercises are initiated. Once the fracture is healed, you should be able to use it with minimal discomfort. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dislocated finger 4 days ago pain down hand to wrist pt is 60y could fracture been missed on X-ray if so how long before follow up?

Dislocated finger 4 days ago pain down hand to wrist pt is 60y could fracture been missed on X-ray if so how long before follow up?

Soon: If you haven't already, i would seek the advise of a good hand surgeon (plastics or ortho) who can advise you on the care and treatment as well as what to expect while your finger heals.
Sometimes dislocations do not go back into place without surgical intervention. ...Read more

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The pinky and the ring finger on the right hand feels like this sleepingthe pinky is bending with pain kind of feel like I fractured It?

The pinky and the ring finger on the right hand feels like this sleepingthe pinky is bending with pain kind of feel like I fractured It?

Most likely U have -: an Ulnar neuropathy, called the Cubital Tunnel syndrome, which I call the "Funny Bone Nerve Irritation", which occurs in the elbow area.
Keeping the Elbow straighter will help, specially at night time.
Seeing an Orthopedist to confirm and a Neurologist to do the test for it would be helpful. Surgery will be necessary if t doesn't improve.
Good Luck and Happy holidays. ...Read more

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Think I may have fractured my arm fell and landed on the ulna side of my arm tender when I move my pinky finger the pain comes shooting up my arm

Think I may have fractured my arm fell and landed on the ulna side of my arm tender when I move my pinky finger the pain comes shooting up my arm

On the internet?: What do you expect here? If you think you have broken your arm you go to the doctor. You do not search the internet. You need an exam and possibly even an Xray. None of that will be found on the internet. ...Read more

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I was playing rugby yesterday and i soon realized that my finger next to the pinky started hurting, is it fractured?

Possibly: Provided you injured it. Suggest you get it seen if pain persists. Broken fingers are very easy to treat. ...Read more

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I fractured my pinky finger at the base but I don't know where that is on my hand?

I fractured my pinky finger at the base but I don't know where that is on my hand?

Base of finger?: Hard to say with out seeing the xray but that description should mean where your finger connects to your hand. ...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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What does a pinky finger metacarpal fracture look like?

What does a pinky finger metacarpal fracture look like?

Need Xray: You can't diagnose a fracture otherwise unless there is obvious angulation of the bone.There can be tremendous swelling and bruising without a fracture, and minimal physical changes with one. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have fractured my pinky finger. There is 20deg displacement of the bone above the joint. Joint is in place no dislocation there? What treatment ?

I have fractured my pinky finger. There is 20deg displacement of the bone above the joint. Joint is in place no dislocation there? What treatment ?

Varies: It varies based in part on the stability of the fracture. Some fractures can be reduced and held well in a cast or splint or even just buddy taped to the other finger. Others are unstable and are not held in place with a splint and so often require a pun to hold reduction. I would discuss directly with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What doc can I see about broken pinky finger metacarpal(boxers fracture)?

What doc can I see about broken pinky finger metacarpal(boxers fracture)?

Hand/wrist MD: Please see an orthopedic hand/wrist surgeon, who can evaluate you , and provide the proper treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

Xray: Xray could pick up a fracture but not always. Could be hard to differentiate. Either way should get better with immobilization, ice. ...Read more

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Can your left pinky ulnar styloid fracture cause middle finger trigger digit?

No the ulnar styloid: Is not directly connected there but if the hand is very swollen froma fracture and the trigger finger was waiting for a reason to become more symptomatioc then the swelling in the hadn could be the tipping point. But a direct cause...Unlikley. Causlality is a tricky issue as we often attribute one problem to another temporally, but you might as well blame a trigger finger on a thunderstorm. ...Read more

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My pinky finger has been swelling for over 4 weeks now. Constant pain in the middle of my pinky. Could it be a hairline fracture?

IT MAY BE H/O TRAUMA: It may be if there is history of trauma you can recallbut it can be due to other causes like infection, cellulitis, allergic reaction to insect bite, arthritis.Get it checked and only way you can know if it is hairline fracture is by doing an xray after exam. ...Read more

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Hi.I broke my hand and pinky finger just over two weeks ago it was an open fracture i had it bandaged/taped up, its off now but my pinky is stiff?

Finger stiffness: The hand/fingers stiffen very quickly after fracture. Particularly after immobilization. Early rom is a good remedy but you have to make sure the fracture is stable first. ...Read more

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Boxer fracture left my knuckle almost twice the size and I can't make a full fist because the middle knuckle on my pinky sticks out past my fingers?

Boxer fracture left my knuckle almost twice the size and I can't make a full fist because the middle knuckle on my pinky sticks out past my fingers?

Will take time: Boxer facture is fracture of one of metacarpal head , obvious why the boxers get it , what you describe is healing process , some times need surgical revision consult a han surgeonThe lump is healing bone formation ( callous ) will take time to mold itself . ...Read more

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I crushed hand two weeks ago. I got it x-rayed, no fracture. Now I have a small painful lump at the base of pinky finger palm side. What could it be?

I crushed hand two weeks ago. I got it x-rayed, no fracture. Now I have a small painful lump at the base of pinky finger palm side. What could it be?

Painful finger lump: Could be a ganglion cyst , they develop when there is repetitive stress and a crush injury could be stress enough. Sometimes they go away on their own or can be aspirated ,rarely need surgical removal. Could also be tendon partial tear ( would not see unless MRI) f/ u
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http://www.assh.org/handcare/hand-arm-conditions/ganglion-cyst ...Read more

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I have what looks like two hairline fractures in my pinky finger based on x-rays. Sustained while playing basketball. Do I need to see an Orthopedist?

I have what looks like two hairline fractures in my pinky finger based on x-rays. Sustained while playing basketball. Do I need to see an Orthopedist?

Probably not: If they are just hairline fractures your primary care doctor can take care of that. Usually an orthopedist is only necessary if there is a displaced fracture where there is a complete break and poor alignment or if surgery is required to stabilize the fracture. Hairline fractures of the finger usually will heal fine with splinting. ...Read more

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Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture ?

Boxers Fracture: You have likely fractured the head of your 5th metacarpal neck with possible displacement and angulation. Do not use your hand, protect it and visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon in clinic. You need x-rays and splinting until an ortho has a chance to schedule you for a closed reduction of the fracture (putting it back in place) and then percutaneous pinning, casting, or in some cases operative fixation. ...Read more

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Had a boxer fracture and now I can't close my fist without my pinky knuckle sticking out past the other fingers because of a lump on the knuckeė?

Had a boxer fracture and now I can't close my fist without my pinky knuckle sticking out past the other fingers because of a lump on the knuckeė?

Will take time: Boxer facture is fracture of one of metacarpal head , obvious why the boxers get it , on you need plausible explanation why you got it ? . The lump is healing bone formation ( callous ) will take time to mold itself . ...Read more

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My 10 yr old daughter has a salter harris type 2 finger fracture by the base of finger/hand. (pinky finger) & she keeps losing circulation. Why?

My 10 yr old daughter has a salter harris type 2 finger fracture by the base of finger/hand. (pinky finger) & she keeps losing circulation. Why?

Splinted?: Is your daughter's fracture been splinted?How do u know she's losing circulation to the finger?If u feel she is call your ors ( or whoever is on call for him) right away and explain situation or go to the er.Check w/ surgeon before loosening the splint bandage . This is something that needs examination quickly . Best of luck! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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