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Hit the center of proximal phalanx on my right pointer finger. Swollen knot, bruising & painful bending. Bruised or would raised knot mean fracture?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Fractures can swell

either locally or diffusely.
A knot may mean there is a very bad bruise to skin or it could mean a fracture. A fracture in the finger can be nondislplaced meaning everyting moves well and is lined up so one does not necessarily have a great deformity, joint fractures or fractures in the plane of motion with swelling may not loo obvious except for pain and swelling. If symptoms persist, get seen

In brief: Fractures can swell

either locally or diffusely.
A knot may mean there is a very bad bruise to skin or it could mean a fracture. A fracture in the finger can be nondislplaced meaning everyting moves well and is lined up so one does not necessarily have a great deformity, joint fractures or fractures in the plane of motion with swelling may not loo obvious except for pain and swelling. If symptoms persist, get seen
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Andrea Rodgers
Emergency Medicine

In brief: X-Ray

The only way to rule out a fracture is an x-ray.
Swelling and pain can be a sign of either a bad bruise or fracture. I suggest seeing your doctor or going to an ER for evaluation. In the meantime, ice, elevation and immobilization of the affected joint, (try a popsicle stick and gauze), will help.

In brief: X-Ray

The only way to rule out a fracture is an x-ray.
Swelling and pain can be a sign of either a bad bruise or fracture. I suggest seeing your doctor or going to an ER for evaluation. In the meantime, ice, elevation and immobilization of the affected joint, (try a popsicle stick and gauze), will help.
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
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