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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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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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How to tell if you have a fractured finger?

How to tell if you have a fractured finger?

Plan to x-ray : If there is no obvious deformity/ severe bleeding then start with rest, ice, compression, & elevation. You may splint the area, and take an otc antiinflammatory/ pain reliever if you don't have any contraindicated medical conditions. You should plan to have an x-ray in the next few days to make sure there are no fractures that will heal incorrectly. If there is obvious deformity = urgent care. ...Read more

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Best way to treat a minor fractured finger?

Best way to treat a minor fractured finger?

It depends: A fractured finger needs to be evaluated by a doctor with experience with these kinds of injuries. Some seemingly innocent finger fractures can have long-lasting negative results. If it is truly minor, a simple finger splint may be appropriate or even just buddy taping the finger to an uninjured neighbor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a fractured finger?

What are the symptoms of a fractured finger?

Exam, xray: Exam looks at motion, alignment. Swelling, stiffness, sensation, lack of feeling normal and persistant pain even after the time when a simple contusion may be better and an xray is ordered early or late based upon suspicions. ...Read more

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I have a fractured finger and need help please?

I have a fractured finger and need help please?

Xray and specialist: Make sure to get an xray and find out which bone is fractured. Also see a hand or orthopedic specialist to see if it needs a splint or surgery. Hopefully it is a minor fracture and will heal with time. Its important to get it treated because finger fracture even if they heal can become very stiff. Therapy may be needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a fractured finger?

How long does it take to heal a fractured finger?

4-6 weeks: It takes the fracture 4-6 weeks to heal and it may take several more weeks for the swelling and stiffness to subside. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a fractured finger to show symptoms days later?

Is it possible for a fractured finger to show symptoms days later?

Possible: This depends on the severity of injury. A minor injury in which you sustain a fracture which is not initially displaced can further displace and worsen if you use it. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are some symptoms of a fractured finger?

Need expert help here. What are some symptoms of a fractured finger?

Pain and: Fractures (broken bones) often are associated with swelling, pain, and bruising. If the fracture is out of place or mal-aligned a deformity can sometimes be seen. Please get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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