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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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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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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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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


Dr. Kenneth Merriman
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Dont have insurance fractured my left distal phalanx non displaced supposed to go to a followup would i be ok just leaving it on the splint heal alone?

Dont have insurance fractured my left distal phalanx non displaced supposed to go to a followup would i be ok just leaving it on the splint heal alone?

Probably : Get that obamacare thing going and then after the high $ deductable you will have some health care of sorts really though it will probably heal but protect it / you can get a splint at the drug store or surgical supply store do not smoke and take vit d ~ 5000 iu/day and best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
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Fractured left distal phalanx 3 weeks after accident in splint still bruied swollen ok to move from time to time with splint off

Fractured left distal phalanx 3 weeks after accident in splint still bruied swollen ok to move from time to time with splint off

Ask the question of: Your treating surgeon, as he has seen the xray. We will not be able to advise anything without seeing the position of the fragments of the fx. Do yourself a favor by checking with her/him. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Payam Rafat
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What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

Immobilizatioin: Toe strapping and rigid surgical shoe. On occasion if displaced, it may require surgical reduction. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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I have a undisplaced fracture of the distal phalanx of the right hand how long will it take to heal. My doctor has now referred me to fractureclinic ?

I have  a undisplaced fracture of the distal phalanx of the right hand how long will it take to heal.
My doctor has now referred me to fractureclinic ?

Non displaced distal: Phalnx fractures with no significnat soft tissue disruption typically heal in 6-8 weeks but acute intnese pain lessens sooner and mild sensitivity may persist for a few months, part time splint for protection of the distal segment suffices unless the fracture involves a tendon attachment. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Suffered displaced phalanx fracture 4 weeks ago. 5th toe is bluish black, feels detached & spongy. There is dull pain & unable to put last 2 toes down?

Suffered displaced phalanx fracture 4 weeks ago. 5th toe is bluish black, feels detached & spongy. There is dull pain & unable to put last 2 toes down?

Stabilize.: Toe fractures can range from simple , straight forward to those of more severity. The recovery process, as you would expect, will vary depending on the severity and treatment. Your inability to pit your last two toes down, seems to signify that there is still some residual swelling. This is not too unexpected if the toe is unstable. This could best be remedied by taping the last two toes together. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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I suffered a phalanx fracture a month ago. The skin is hard,black & finger immobile. Doc say its skin gangrene we'd wait & watch. What is it future?

I suffered a phalanx fracture a month ago. The skin is  hard,black & finger immobile. Doc say its skin gangrene we'd wait & watch. What is it future?

Need aggressive: treat meant , to save the finger and spread of infection to the hand , injury may be more extensive than you are describing , speak to your doctor again , or preferably see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
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How much time does it take for calus formation for a fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot ?

Bone healing: There are many different factors that can help determine the rate at which bone heals. Somethings we can control, whether the fx site is immobilized, swelling is controlled, pt. Smoking hx etc. Others we have less control over such as, age, metabolic condition, or the type of fractue that occured just to na, e a few. It may benefit you to have xrays and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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I have fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot which has not been heeled so far even on casting since 21 days .What to do next ?

I have fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot which has not been heeled so far even on casting since 21 days .What to do next ?

Wait: No broken bone heals in 3 weeks. Bones will be 75% healed in 6-8 weeks, unless something is slowing healing. I'm glad to hear it was casted. Digital fractures are often undertreated. Rest the foot, limit activity to comfort and it should be fairly solid in another month or so. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


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