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Will a finger with a hairline fracture be swollen and numb for long?

Will a finger with a hairline fracture be swollen and numb for long?

No: Should heal in a few weeks. Most fractures even with slight displacement heal in 6 -8 weeks. Non displaced, hairline-not bad should heal faster.

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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I just slammed my finger in my garage like shed door, and it is starting to bruise and swell. Is it a hairline fracture?

I just slammed my finger in my garage like shed door, and it is starting to bruise and swell. Is it a hairline fracture?

Fracture or not?: After an accident like this, if you have enough pain that you think you may have fractured your finger, it is best to visit a physician so that he or she can make sure that you have intact neurovascular status. Your doctor can splint your finger and order x-rays if appropriate. The diagnosis of a fracture is suspected with point tenderness and pain, but is confirmed with radiographs.

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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?

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?

Pinky swelling: There are many potential causes of pinky pain and swelling. They include: various types of arthritis, trauma, fractures as you discussed, nerve entrapment (ulnar), sprain, inflammatory reaction, insect bites, and others. After four weeks its time to see your pcp.

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I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

Fx index, swell D1?: No ides. Best to seek in person opinions and examinations. I know of no relationship in fx index to swelling in thumb, except is to tight a dressing or cast on distal hand.

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

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.

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I got 5thmetacarpal base hairline fracture, im using splint, my two fingers are tapped is it enough for in this frcture. Suggest me?

I got 5thmetacarpal base hairline fracture, im using splint, my two fingers are tapped is it enough for in this frcture. Suggest me?

Cast or splint: "dealers choice" a splint lets you take it off and wash but complicance is often an issue even with the best intentions and it may take longer to heal. While annoying at times a cast may work faster initially. For some but nondisplaced fractures don't mandate casting always ten weeks down the line no difference, just your experience in getting there.

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Hairline fracture of wrist 26 yrs ago. No recent trauma but hurts when I move it, not swollen. What could cause the pain? What can I do to lessen it?

Hairline fracture of wrist 26 yrs ago. No recent trauma but hurts when I move it, not swollen. What could cause the pain? What can I do to lessen it?

Not enough info: Your info isn't specific enough. Where does it hurt? When does it hurt? Did you have an accident? What is the pain like - burning, stabbing, electricity, ache? What lessens the pain?

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I think I have a hairline fracture no way my dad will let me get scan is their a way to tell. I have black bruising and deformation numbness and pain?

I think I have a hairline fracture no way my dad will let me get scan is their a way to tell. I have black bruising and deformation numbness and pain?

See a doctor: You are 19 and an adult. If you think you may have broken a bone, then see an orthopaedist for an examination and xray if indicated. If not seen on xray, but suspicion is high, your orthopaedist can recommend the best and safest next test as well as treatments.

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Hi I think I have a hairline fracture. My leg is bruising badly, it also feels tingly and numb, and I can barely walk on it. Any help?

Hi I think I have a hairline fracture. My leg is bruising badly, it also feels tingly and numb, and I can barely walk on it. Any help?

No Wt on it-Xray: Swelling and bruising causes the nerves to be compressed, this produces numbness along with the all the other processes of inflammation. This should get an x-ray. The only way for this to be treated properly is to find out the extent of injury. It is always good to start with rice-rest-ice, compression, and elevation.

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Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

What side of ankle: You could have a compression of either the sural nerve on the outside of the ankle or you could have posterior tibial nerve compression on the inside of the ankle. Either way it is not normal and you should see a podiatrist.

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I sprained my ankle 4 days ago and it is still quite swollen and very bruised. Wondering if I should get it checked for a hairline fracture?

I sprained my ankle 4 days ago and it is still quite swollen and very bruised. Wondering if I should get it checked for a hairline fracture?

Have it evaluated.: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care.

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Hello I took my full leg cast of 5 days ago (due to a hairline fracture in my tibia) I have been walking with a limp and saw my ankle got swollen?

PT may be in order: Physical therapy can address the gait issue with limping as this is likely related to muscle weakness.In addtion they can do soft tissue massage to alleviate the ankle swelling. This can occur when muscles are weak and do not provide enough pumping action to return blood to the heart.Check in w/your Orthopedist or Sports MD to get a prescription &/or agreement on next steps to get your gait normal

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How long can a hairline fracture take to heal?

It depend what bone: Large bones like femur it take 8-16 weeks, and location of the fracture shaft or end of the bone, the shsft of the bone take longer than the end of the bone. Some bone like navicular bone also take longer time to heal.

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How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc.

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