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How long should the distal joint on my finger be really swollen for?

How long should the distal joint on my finger be really swollen for?

NOT LONG: If you had a traumatic event swelling, can occur for days or longer and most likely should be evaluated by an xray to rule out a fracture. If there was no trauma, that is more concerning for a type of athritis and should be examined and appropriate labs and xrays should be obtained. ...Read more

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How long can the distal joint on my finger be swollen for?

How long can the distal joint on my finger be swollen for?

Depends on cause: Unfortunately this joint can stay swollen for a long time....Sometimes life. This depends on the cause - a sprained or jammed finger may stay swollen for a few weeks to months. Some arthritis or broken bones can cause this joint to stay swollen forever. ...Read more

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My son has a chip fracture on the right little finger proximal phalanx. How long do it take to heal and what are the treatment modalities?

My son has a chip fracture on the right little finger proximal phalanx. How long do it take to heal and what are the treatment modalities?

Avulsion fractures: in the finger can be minor with a small fragment but accompanied by a large soft tissue injury to ligaments and tendons, or can have a large fracture that compromises the stability of the joint, Often treatment, the of splint, splint position, length of splinting depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER may be fine at first but have issues ( see more) ...Read more

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Fractured left pinky says distal phalanx how long do I have to wait to not be on a splint anymore its the top of the pinky & any long term consequence?

Fractured left pinky says distal phalanx how long do I have to wait to not be on a splint anymore its the top of the pinky & any long term consequence?

Would have to see: The xray to comment. Is it non displaced or non displaced? Is it comminuted or not? These are things one must know to answer your question... ...Read more

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I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?

I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?

"lockjaw": When did you last have a tetanus (lockjaw) booster? If more than 10 years or the wound was contaminated (dirt, etc), see your doc or county health dept for update. Signs of tetanus are marked muscle spasm of all muscles. Best to be immunized rather than wait for symptoms to occur. Now recommended that the booster also cover diphtheria and pertussis (tdap). If in doubt, get the booster. ...Read more

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I scraped the pinky knuckle on my left hand and it has continued to swell and hurt more for the past 4 days; why could this be and what can I do?

I scraped the pinky knuckle on my left hand and it has continued to swell and hurt more for the past 4 days; why could this be and what can I do?

Possible infection: It is possible that the scrape(abrasion) in the skin allowed some bacteria into the surrounding soft tissue and has lead to a localized infection. It's a bit hard to say without seeing your finger but you are better of being safe then sorry and seeking and evaluation, and more urgently if you have progressive pain, inability to flex at that joint, spreading redness and/or fevers. Good luck ...Read more

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I twisted my ankle and chipped the bone, most of the swelling has gone but my inside ankle bone is very tender. How long should I stay off sport?

I twisted my ankle and chipped the bone, most of the swelling has gone but my inside ankle bone is very tender. How long should I stay off sport?

Torn ligaments too??: A chip of bone in an ankle is often a sign that a ligament is injured too as that chip can be broken off when the ligament is over stretched from a sprain injury. Also, on the inside of the ankle is a major tendon that can be torn. Ankle supports, physical therapy may be needed as well as an MRI. A patient can take 4 to 12 weeks to return to exercise activities. ...Read more

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I sprained my thumb and the swelling wont go down, the thumb is taped. How long to heal?

I sprained my thumb and the swelling wont go down, the thumb is taped. How long to heal?

You need to : Have a complete tear if the ulnar or radial collateral ligaments ruled out by a hand surgeon . These injuries can at time need surgery. A fracture should be ruled out too. Even without these it may take 2-3 months minimally for pain to subside. Splinting is a first line rx the thumb has a lot of daily stress at the mp joint and it is easy to re -aggravate even a mild injury. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a jammed finger to heal ? My finger cracked as it was being jammed. Does the cracking sound mean that my finger is broken?

How long will it take for a jammed finger to heal ? My finger cracked as it was being jammed. Does the cracking sound mean that my finger is broken?

Not necessarily -: -but if it is really swollen & is very painful or is not pointing in the direction Ur others do, or seams crooked, best 2 B Cn by an orthopedic surgeon. If it's broken or slightly dislocated, this can have life long consequences. Better safe than being told later "U should have come in right away ". ...Read more

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How long after i get my cast of my thumb should my thumb hurt? Its around the joint or grow plate

How long after i get my cast of my thumb should my thumb hurt? Its around the joint or grow plate

Months: It can hurt for months. It is critical to make sure it is completely healed before resuming full activities. ...Read more

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I have developed a hard lump and swelling on the joint of my pinky. Its been there for a long time. What can be done to make it go away?

I have developed a hard lump and swelling on the joint of my pinky. Its been there for a long time. What can be done to make it go away?

Might be arthritis: At age 49, one possibility is common arthritis. Although the pinky finger is less commonly involved, arthritis can cause bony lumps at the joints of fingers, and they are generally permanent. Check this link to see if this might explain your finger swelling: http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/heberdens-and-bouchards-nodes ...Read more

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My wrist has a buckle fracture and still hurts. How can i treat the pain?

Buckle fractures: are not present in adults. Perhaps you are referring to a non-displaced fracture. See a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon to clarify and get follow up. In the short term, any well fitting not too tight store bought wrist splint with support in it can help reduce irritation for many issues. ...Read more

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I cut the top of my foot a week ago am on antibiotics as its in but me foot is really swollen up to my ankle how long should it take to reduce ?

I cut the top of my foot a week ago am on antibiotics as its in  but me foot is really swollen up to my ankle how long should it take to reduce ?

Cellulitis: If your swelling is increasing or unchanged after 3-4 days on antibiotics then you may need a stronger or different type of antibiotic to treat the bacteria. Also depending on the degree and location of the swelling, you may need more intervention than just local antibiotics. You should call your doctor and describe the symptoms. ...Read more

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