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My son has come home saying that his finger got bent back and kicked whilst playing football. It is slightly swollen but not discoloured. Is it broke?
I sprinted my finger 4 days ago it's still kinda sore and very swollen, I have football game on Thursday of next week I was wondering if it is safe.
Not: Quite. It is safer to allow sprains or strains enough rest time to heal to prevent further injury or delay healing. May be 2 weeks if pain and swelling resolved ...Read more
POssibly, it depend: Upon the type, location and severity of the injury. But don't do what one division 2 player did a few years ago, he chose amputation to get back into the game sooner rather than surgery for a fracture http://usatoday30.Usatoday. Com/sports/college/football/2008-10-13-wikre-pinky_n.Htm. ...Read more
My son broke his finger. H e will require pins in it. Can the finger be casted and allow him to play football.
No: Allow the finger to heal first. It is likely in addition to the pins, he will have a cast. It is difficult to see a talented kid sitting out because of a fractured finger. Talk to his orthopedic doctor or his plastic surgeon for advice. Make sure the finger is well healed before returning to contact sports. ...Read more
2 yrs ago I injured my left ring finger playing flag football and it never straightened out, can an osteotomy still be done?
It depends: Finger deformity after an injury can be a boney malunion, a soft tissue problem only or a combination of the two. Osteotomy will help a malunion but not fix the problem if it is purely a soft tissue problem (mallet finger, swan neck deformity, etc.). If the diagnosis is malunion then an osteotomy can usually be performed. If the injury is in the joint then the problem is much more complex. ...Read more
I played football 2 or 3 weeks ago and tweaked my ring finger. Now it bothers me when I type. Not sure if its just a spraign or something worse?
Suggest exam/ xray:
If your finger is still giving you problems after 3 weeks I would
suggest an exam and possible xray
you may have a small fracture or possible tendon or ligamentous
injury. ...Read more
Top portion (1st joint) of middle finger bends to the left. It occurred 3 months ago when a football hit it. Can I realign it myself w/out any risk?
NO!: Either you chipped the bone enough to change bone alignment or tore a tendon in the finger. This needs to be seen by an orthopedist. ...Read more
I jammed my finger while playing football and it is swollen and really hurts bad! It happened when my brother throw it and it hit the end of the finge?
My left ring finger is swollen due to heat football, I can't make it straight properly what shall I do?
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
Swollen finger after catching football awkwardly. Two months ago. Swelling improved over 1st month but finger still sore. Does it take weeks/months?
Fracture healing: If you broke the finger, it could definitely still be sore. Bones take 6 weeks to heal, typically. If it wasn't splinted all that time, it will take longer. If it was a soft-tissue injury, like a ligament/tendon injury, that could be tender for several weeks as well. It would be a good idea to see a doctor if you are having trouble with your range of motion. Good luck. ...Read more
The middle knuckle on my middle finger has been swollen for over two months; should I do anything about it? I jammed it when trying to catch a football. The entire finger got really swollen and purple, but it went away after a day or two. The knuckle ho
As noted, you need an proper examination and plain xrays. The possiblities include a fracture of the metacarpal bone underneath that joint or perhaps ligament injuries (either structures called collateral ligaments or saggital hood).
Many of these things can be treated easily if diagnosed early -. ...Read more
I sprained my finger a week ago and have American football training tomorrow. My finger is still fairly sore but only when I bend it. Can I play?
Rest: Rest is indicated...or you may injure it further, and more seriously ...Read more
A few months ago I jammed my middle finger catching a football incorrectly. I was cracking my knuckles resently and had an intense pain in that spot?
Injuries like this can sometimes cause small fractures (broken bones), torn/strained tendons, or torn/sprained ligaments. X-rays are a good first step, and a primary care physician (either here on HealthTap or in person) can help arrange that for you. ...Read more
Hi, went to a football game it was around 48 degree and my fingers were so cold my nails turned blue with gloves and my feet went numb and got heavy?
This may be raynaud's syndrome.: Raynaud's may cause vasoconstriction of the artery in response to cold. When it warms up you may have some discomfort as well. This can occur in response a cold or emotional stress. It may be a symptom of underlying connective tissue disease and warrants further evaluation. ...Read more
Played football, knuckle under ring finger hurts when I move that finger. When I tried pushing it down to crack it, it got stuck and I snapped it back?
Fast thrown football hit finger wrongly. Was painful. 1 day later, it's swollen & a bit blue. Can move but it hurts. More likely sprain or fracture?
Jammed finger: This is not an uncommon injury. It's most likely a capsular strain and will get better with conservative treatment however I have seen these injuries associated with fractures. If you'd like to discuss further I'd be happy to consult. ...Read more
Havce trainer do it:
If you are still having pain or tenderness in
your hamstring from an injury, playing on it
will risk reinjuiry.,
you can have a trainer tape it, because if it
is done incorrectly is may be detrimental
its hard to tape your own leg or ankle. ...Read more
Yes: If its taped and padded well it shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more
Buddy tape: Taping is usually not terribly effective for a " jammed finger", but when we do tape them, we will typically buddy tape the finger to the one beside it. This involves using two thin strips of tape and taping your injured finger to the one next to it above and below the injured joint. This allows you to still move it, but offers some limited support. ...Read more
Good advice: If it has been a day or two since the injury and is still swollen and painful you need to see a doctor. May need an x-ray. ...Read more
Next finger, lightly: For a simple sprain, it is usual to "buddy tape" it to the next finger. Loosely tape it to support the injured finger and give support and comfort. You may wish to place a tongue depressor type stick or popsickle stick under the fingers for more support. There are other splints available perahps at the pharmacy or you pcp may have them. ...Read more
X-ray first...: With any finger injury you should have an x-ray to make sure that you don't miss a fracture, that may heal incorrectly. Once an x-ray is completed you will know if you need to individually splint the finger with something rigid, or if buddy taping is acceptable. Even with some fractures buddy taping is a good option, but this doesn't work for optimal healing of every finger injury. ...Read more
I hyperextended my middle finger and my ring finger. Is there a specific way I should be taping it to heal?
Hyperex/2digits: Allow a hand surgeon to evaluate and tape you.... ...Read more
I know I should ice it, but should I buddy tape it, finger splint it, or just keep applying ice (for how long)?
Depend: If you have a contusion or sprained finger you really do not need to buddytape it. Ice it catefully the first 48-72 hours after injury. If it is broken then buddytaping is sometimes used. ...Read more